Working in the maritime industry is very rewarding but can be very risky to even the most cautious of workers. Hundreds of maritime workers in Alaska suffer injuries every year, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and severe head trauma. Here are some of the most common maritime accidents that result in injury:
- Fires and explosions caused by fuel leaks or the transportation of hazardous materials
- Chemical burns caused by hazardous materials or high voltage equipment
- Falls from elevated surfaces/falls overboard
- Slip-and-fall accidents due to slippery or uneven ship decks
- Falling objects
- Collisions between vessels, vessel and harbor or shipyard vehicles.
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Exposure to extreme heat/cold
What causes maritime accidents?
Maritime accidents are often caused by human error and are, therefore, preventable. Many maritime accidents are caused by the negligent actions of companies, supervisors and workers. Many maritime accidents are caused by:
- Poor ship maintenance or design
- Failure to maintain equipment
- Lack of proper training
- Negligent hiring of crew members
- Long hours or voyages.
- Decision to travel in poor weather
- Use of drugs/alcohol
Maritime workers are often subject to frequent maritime injuries and accidents. Workers who have been injured at work may be entitled to damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Workers may qualify for damages under the Jones Act, Longshore or Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. An attorney specializing in maritime law can help you recover the compensation you deserve afte