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December 2016 Archives

Undermanning as a cause of injuries to ferry workers

In our post last week on injuries to tug and barge workers, we noted undermanning as one of the causes of accidents. When a company is too cheap to hire enough workers, it can leave the crew members who are on board without enough capacity to handle emergencies.

Injury claims for seamen, part 2: Unseaworthy vessel

Let's continue the discussion from our previous post of legal claims available for injury or illness suffered by seamen who is employed on a vessel. There are, as the Supreme Court itself has acknowledged, a trilogy of possible claims.

Changes to PFDs are leading to a drop in fishermen fatalities

Commercial fishing will always be a dangerous job choice but the number of fatalities is rapidly declining. In fact, for the first time in known history there were zero fatalities through the federal fiscal year of October 2014 through September 2015. To put this into perspective, an average of 31 fishermen died per year at sea in the 80s. Those numbers began to decline through the 90s and are now are now down to zero this past fiscal year. The rapid decline in fatalities can be attributed to improved safety conditions for workers, especially due to significant changes in design and use of personal flotation devices.

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