Safety should be paramount for any Louisiana company. This includes companies who operate on waterways. One of the dangers nearly everyone working aboard a vessel encounters is toxic exposure, and making sure that safety equipment works properly is essential to avoid unnecessary injuries and illnesses.
Any number of mistakes could lead to injuries on board ships and on the docks, whether here in Louisiana or elsewhere. Crews often prepare for emergencies, even those that have a small chance of happening. However, ordinarily every day, mundane tasks lead to serious injuries. For instance, mooring accidents could cause devastating injuries.
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.
Living and working aboard a yacht or even a superyacht may be a dream for some Louisiana residents. Even though it would be hard work, it allows yacht crew members to see parts of the world they may not otherwise get to see. Working on board one of these vessels does come with hazards, however. In addition to safety measures to account for the normal injury-causing dangers, personal safety is also a concern.
Keeping a vessel clean and clear of debris helps increase the safety of everyone aboard. It would probably be a challenge to find any Louisiana residents who work on navigable vessels that would disagree. Unfortunately, failing to perform needed housekeeping duties could result in injuries from mishaps while working. Fortunately, admiralty and maritime law may provide a way to recover benefits for medical expenses and lost wages, among other things.
Government agencies gather and analyze data on a variety of events. One of the areas in which the National Transportation Safety Board gathers this type of information is the country's waterways, including those around and in Louisiana. Every maritime accident has the potential of saving lives in the future.
Being close to major waterways here in Louisiana provides a substantial amount of employment opportunities for residents. Working in a shipyard, on the docks or on a vessel provides numerous benefits, but also a wide variety of risks. One that employers should never overlook is the atmosphere on a ship, which could result in serious harm to workers.
The waterways around Louisiana provide employment for numerous residents. During the course of their duties, they could suffer debilitating injuries. The problem is that those who work on vessels, harbors, docks or oil platforms do not qualify for traditional workers' compensation as those who work on land do. Instead, they must rely on admiralty and maritime law for the benefits they need during recovery.
Sailors here in Louisiana and elsewhere face numerous dangers aboard ship regardless of whether they work for the U.S. military or a private company. One of those hazards comes from chemicals and other materials that could be toxic. Sailors have a right to know what could potentially cause them harm as they perform their onboard duties, and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a case involving maritime law affirms that right.
Working on one of Louisiana's navigable vessels comes with risks. While workers often make sure they do what they can to avoid the obvious risks associated with their jobs, they may not pay enough attention to the less dangerous, but potentially just as debilitating, dangers. For instance, a neck sprain may not seem serious, but it could keep a worker on land for some time.