A report recently released by the Transportation Institute captures how Louisiana’s first district is the leading area for Jones Act jobs in the entire United States. There are some 33,590 individuals employed in these maritime roles in the southeastern Louisiana region.
These individuals work in a variety of fields including the oil and gas industry, in transporting goods or in production. Their work generates nine billion dollars in revenue for the state every year.
The Jones Act serves two purposes. It protects U.S. national interests in that it requires that all water vessels used to transport merchandise between all domestic ports prove that they were constructed in this country, are owned by Americans and that they’re properly documented. It also affords protections to seamen who are injured on the job.
As for why Louisiana has grown to be the top-producing maritime industry state, the House Republican Steve Scalise says that it has to do with the state having an abundance of natural resources. He also notes that industry leaders in the region have worked hard to train their workers to have shipyard skills.
In his statement, he also noted that the continued existence of the Jones Act guarantees that the United States’ national security will be protected. He notes that the continued investment in the job force in the southeastern portion of the state will ensure that the U.S. Navy has a well-trained workforce at their disposal to maintain, build and grow their reach.
Maritime workers are often forced to work long hours with little sleep. This leaves them vulnerable to getting hurt. If you’ve been injured on the job, then your employer may be responsible for paying your medical bills and lost wages. A Jones Act attorney will want to know about the nature of your work and about the events that led to you getting hurt before advising you what type of legislation applies in your potential maritime injury case.