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What is the Leading Cause of Boating Accidents?

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Despite common misconceptions, most boating accidents have nothing to do with hazardous sea conditions or bad weather. More often than not, they occur on inland waters during the day when visibility and weather are considered good. The U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,158 boating accidents in 2015. Of those, 626 people died in these accidents and 2,613 sustained injuries. According to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, more than half of deaths that occur in boating accidents have been attributed to alcohol. Drunk Boating Puts Everyone On the Water at Risk There are many factors involved when operating a boat of any size, particularly motor boats. Boat traffic comes from every direction and at varying speeds. Some of the other boats will have waters skiers or tubes in tow. Additionally, if you’re on a river or at sea, you could also be in the same area as river barges…
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Are Cruise Ship Workers Protected by Maritime Law?

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Last week, we wrote about how a cruise ship employee died during a safety drill on the Harmony of the Seas, which is the world’s largest cruise ship. At the time, the ship was docked in France. Due to the fact the accident took place in another country, some may be confused about what the rights of cruise ship crewmembers are while they are abroad. More often than not, we hear more about the injuries and safety of cruise ship passengers. However, cruise ship workers are still vulnerable to negligence that can cause injuries and even death. Typical cruise ship crewmember injuries include: Disk-related back injuries Soft tissue injuries Burns Amputation injuries Drowning Exposure to illnesses, such as the noro virus Injured Cruise Ship Crewmembers Must Consult a Maritime Attorney Usually, when a cruise ship worker sustains and injuries, the cruise line throws mounds of paperwork at the employee to…
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What is the Leading Cause of Death for Tugboat Workers?

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Last year, six towing industry workers died in tugboat accidents, three of which died by falling overboard. While there has been a steady decrease in the number of maritime accidents over the last 20 years, overboard accidents are still the leading cause of maritime industry deaths. Specifically, falling overboard accounts for at least 50 percent of all tugboat vessel fatalities, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Other types of tugboat accidents include: Capsizing Slip and falls Struck-by injuries Vessel collisions How to Stay Safe On a Tugboat Due to the high risk of falling overboard, it is important that all crewmembers wear a personal flotation device while working onboard the vessel. In order to avoid other safety hazards, workers should always watch their feet for lock lines, ratchets that have tension in them and loose wires. It is also important that all crewmembers know the location of all emergency equipment….
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Are Safety Drills Causing Maritime Accidents?

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Earlier this month, a seafarer died and four were injured in a maritime accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world that just sailed its inaugural voyage this year. Specifically, a lifeboat fell 30 feet from its davit and into the water during a ship safety drill. Of the injured maritime workers on board the lifeboat, two are in critical condition. This is the second fatal lifeboat accident to occur on a cruise ship in the last three months. Lifeboat safety drills are required under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. However, The Maritime Executive calls them one of the “most hazardous planned evolutions in the maritime industry.” What Causes Maritime Accidents During Safety Drills? A lifeboat’s complicated quick-release hooks that suspend them from the davits are typically designed to hold the heavy loads for years at a time and then come…
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