Working on a boat can be an incredibly dangerous job. Although there are a number of workplace regulations that seek to keep maritime workers safe, the sad truth is that far too many employers fail to abide by them. When these violations occur, workers can suffer serious injuries that leave them with extensive damages. These damages may include extensive medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and emotional pain and suffering that sometimes devastating.
If you’ve been injured in one of the five more common ways that maritime workers are hurt, then you might want to think about your next steps toward recovering the compensation you need and deserve.
- Falling overboard: There are a number of factors that can contribute to you falling overboard, such as bad weather and choppy seas, but if your employer failed to provide you with the proper equipment to prevent you from falling overboard, then you may have a legal claim against your employer.
- Being injured in an enclosed space: Boats and ships contain small spaces where cases can get trapped. If improperly ventilated, this can pose an increased risk of fire or explosion. In far too many instances employers fail to adhere to protocols pertaining to enclosed spaces.
- Electrocution: Ships need to be properly maintained. This means ensuring that dangerous wires aren’t exposed and that workers who perform their duties near electricity are provided with appropriate safety equipment.
- Malfunctioning machinery: Again, every aspect of a ship needs to be properly maintained, including all equipment. Neglecting this aspect of a boat can put workers at risk of being pinched, crushed, or burned. Records of machinery maintenance may help show if an employer has neglected to maintain and repair known deficiencies.
- Falling from high up: On many vessels, work has to be performed at great heights. Workers in this position should be provided with appropriate safety harnesses and training.
If you’ve been injured while working on the water, then you’re probably dealing with significant losses. As hopeless as you may feel, you need to know that you might have the ability to obtain the relief you deserve. By working closely with an attorney who is experienced in maritime law, you could be able to position yourself to achieve that outcome.