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Deepwater Horizon damage worse than originally believed

Researchers are discovering that the "worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history" did far more damage than originally believed. The amounts of oil that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico after 2010's Deepwater Horizon Macondo well explosion was far more significant and left a much more damaging "toxic footprint" in its wake.

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.

How does the Jones Act help you?

If you work in the shipping industry in Louisiana, the Jones Act covers your medical costs, lost wages and daily living expenses in the event you become ill or injured, even if you are not onboard a vessel when your injury occurs. The Jones Act is a 1920 federal statute that applies the Federal Employer’s Liability Act to you.

When must small boats carry fire extinguishers?

Fire can be very dangerous if it breaks out on a boat on the water. If you are on board, you risk smoke inhalation, fire burns or injury from a fuel explosion, and since you are not on land, it is harder to seek emergency aid from Metairie first responders. This is why state law requires small boats, under certain circumstances, to have a fire extinguisher on hand.

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