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Do cruise ship workers' schedules put them at risk for injury?

Many Louisiana residents like to take cruises. While on board ship, cruise goers may not realize just how much work goes on behind the scenes. In fact, they may not realize the grueling schedules that workers keep. Those schedules may put them at risk for injury.

People who work on cruise ships often work seven days a week for up to 20 hours a day. This schedule can go on anywhere from two to 11 months. Keeping up this pace and intensity would obviously cause a great deal of exhaustion and sleep deprivation, along with a substantial amount of stress.

Even though they may end up getting around two month of vacation time each year, it may not make up for the time they spend on board. While many who do this work would not trade it, they are still in danger of suffering injuries and illnesses due to work-related accidents. Exhaustion and fatigue can make a person careless and less concerned about safety than he or she should be, which could easily lead to disaster.

Louisiana residents who work on cruise ships and would not want to work a "normal" job on land may not have the opportunity to sufficiently recharge before the next shift. Under these circumstances, they are certainly at risk for injury, even if they do manage to get good sleep once in a while. When injuries or illnesses occur, they cannot turn to workers' compensation insurance for benefits like those who do work on land. Instead, they would need to makes claims under admiralty and maritime law. Doing so might go more smoothly with the help of an experienced attorney.

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