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September 2019 Archives

Should you worry about falling overboard?

As you may already know, working aboard a vessel can be dangerous. In addition to regularly dealing with complicated equipment and needing specialized seafaring knowledge, things like rough seas, equipment malfunctions and a slippery deck can make life at sea more hazardous than routine. One of the many dangers you and other Louisiana boat workers must face is falling overboard.

Traumatic brain injury affects your earning potential

When people suffer traumatic brain injuries in Louisiana, they may worry about their financial future. How will they care for their families? How will they care for themselves? Will they become an economic burden on their loved ones? These are just some of the many questions a person may feel overwhelmed by.

Life aboard a barge is dangerous and can be lonely

Life as a deckhand aboard a barge on the Mississippi River is not for the faint of heart. It's long hours toiling under the unforgiving southern sun and frigid mornings when the decks are encased in a dangerous patina of ice. It's missing out on the routines of family life — children's birthdays celebrated late, empty chairs at holiday celebrations and the growing distance between disconnected spouses.

How the Jones Act protects offshore oil and gas workers

The waters off the coast of Louisiana are a major source of business revenue and employment income for people across the state. While many people work in fishing and shipping, others may work in the oil and gas industry. Locating and extracting oil and gas deposits from deep under the sea requires special infrastructure and massive amounts of human work.

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