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Maritime workers hurt at work need help from an experienced Jones Act attorney.

What are the Most Common Causes of Accidents On Board Ships?

While regulations have been introduced and implemented in the shipping industry to help make workers safer, there are several types of maritime accidents that seafarers are susceptible to and must be made aware of so they can take preventative measures. Workers Should Be Aware of the Following Hazards The most common types of accidents that can take place at sea include: Man overboard – A man overboard situation is somewhat common and occurs when a person falls into the water while working or as a result of an accident. The best bet for every crewmember on board is to always wear a personal flotation device. Also, be aware that bad weather has been known to either cause a man overboard accident or spoil rescue operations. Additionally, maritime workers must factor in the dangers of hypothermia. Enclosed space accidents – Particularly aboard larger ships, enclosed space accidents most often occur when…
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Does Fatigue Put Maritime Workers at Risk?

Maritime workers are essential to the global economy. More than 90 percent of the world’s trade is shipped by sea or across navigable waters. However, the maritime industry is plagued with falls overboard, groundings caused by navigation errors, collisions, fires, drownings and even amputation injuries. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by fatigued maritime workers. For those who work at sea, fatigue is just part of the job. Maritime workers perform intense labor for longer hours than many workers on land. Whether they work on a luxury cruise ship or on an Alaskan crab fishing, most seamen work more than 12 hours a day. However, studies show fatigued maritime workers put the ships, the crew and themselves in danger. According a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, fatigue creates a constant state of weariness that lowers mental abilities and physical weariness. For most seamen, chronic fatigue is not uncommon,…
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What are the Most Common Types of Injuries to Vessel Cooks and Stewards?

It’s easy to think most maritime accidents only involve commercial fishermen, longshoremen and deckhands. However, vessel cooks and stewards are also susceptible to injuries at sea. Vessel cooks are necessary on smaller vessels, such as tugboats, as well as larger vessels, like yachts or cruise ships. Vessel stewards are also necessary to perform housekeeping duties and even operate machinery. Due to the fact so much attention is attributed to what many consider the “high-risk” jobs of the industry, vessel cooks and stewards can be overlooked when a maritime accident occurs. However, most cooks and stewards are still protected under the Jones Act. Vessel Operators Must Provide a Safe Environment for Vessel Cooks and Stewards All owners and operators of vessels must ensure that a safe work environment is provided for all crewmembers. However, not all owners do so. Vessel cooks and stewards may be put at risk for the following:…
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