Working on a seafaring vessel may be a dream for many Louisiana residents. But anyone who navigates the country’s waterways also takes on a certain level of risk. Any number of injuries could happen aboard vessels and may keep workers from their jobs and even cause lifelong repercussions to their health and well-being.
Workers on a vessel are exposed to numerous sharp and/or hot objects. Keeping one’s hands and feet clear of these objects could prevent common injuries. The use of proper gloves and footwear is essential. Employers typically require all employees to use the proper safety gear, all the way down to shoes and gloves.
Slips, trips and falls are another source of injuries common to vessels. Slippery decks, ladders and floor openings are just some of the dangers associated with these types of injuries. Keeping walkways and decks clear of obstacles and other hazards is an important part of ship maintenance. Some workers suffer injuries while loading and unloading cargo or during mooring operations on deck. Using proper techniques and safety procedures could mean the difference between getting through another day and ending up in a hospital.
These are just some of the injuries that Louisiana workers could suffer on vessels. When injured, workers on ships do not qualify for traditional workers’ compensation benefits. It would be necessary to file a claim against the employer under either the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. These claims can be complex and frustrating to handle alone, particularly while trying to recover from injuries. An experienced and compassionate attorney can guide you through the process and represent your interests at every stage of the claims process.