Maritime industries can be found in virtually every state in the country according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, an estimated 400,000 individuals work in this sector in Louisiana and throughout the United States. Many work in commercial diving, fishing, shipyards, in marine transportation, at terminals or in processing seafood. Many of these professions carry with them a significant injury risk.
Data published by the CDC shows that maritime workers are 4.7 times more likely to get injured than those employed in any other profession in the United States.
Maritime workers are vulnerable to suffering power tool or cold and heat stress injuries just like those in any other industry. Ones that stem from working in severe weather, living in isolation in restricted spaces, being immersed in water or vessel disasters are unique to the maritime industry though.
Dangers that maritime workers face are sometimes more serious depending on the specific sector that they work in. Commercial divers, for example, are at an increased risk for hypothermia, circulatory or respiratory problems and drowning. Their risk for developing problems increases the more, the deeper or the longer their dive is. If their underwater visibility is limited, then this can put their safety in jeopardy as well.
Longshore workers are at an increased risk of being struck or crushed by heavy containers that they work around. Those who work in aquaculture roles run the risk of being injured by water vessels, all-terrain vehicles and tractors that they regularly come in contact with.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) also notes that there are added respiratory, chemical and environmental hazards that workers in the maritime industry face as well.
Many who have jobs in the maritime field work long, strenuous hours and enjoy very few breaks. This makes them particularly vulnerable to getting hurt.
An injury can leave an employee out of work for a significant period. You shouldn’t be left to struggle with the financial fallout because you got hurt on the job. An attorney can help you understand your rights to medical or disability coverage, lost earnings and compensation that you may be eligible for in Louisiana.