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Why do ships strike docks when coming into port?

For dockworkers, one of the most dangerous scenarios is when a ship comes into port in a slightly out-of-control fashion and strikes the dock itself. Depending on the size of the vessel, the damage could be catastrophic. Workers on the dock and the ship could suffer injuries.

What type of workers travel on cruise ships?

If you're interested in learning about cruise ship jobs -- and the risks that come with them -- you should know that these jobs can vary tremendously. A cruise ship is a floating city. The staff it takes to keep it running smoothly for the guests is enormous.

What types of ships and workers are covered by the Jones Act?

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is comprised of many different parts. One of the more remarkable ones is what's commonly known as the Jones Act. This piece of federal legislation places limits on the types of water vessels that can transport goods between two American ports. It also gives seamen certain rights to recover compensation for injuries that they suffer while working on a ship. You should know that not every water vessel is covered by the Jones Act though.

Keeping an eye on dangerous weather at sea

These days, weather forecasting is generally pretty good. It's far better than it was for previous generations of sailors and maritime workers. However, it is not perfect. Weather changes often happen quickly and unexpectedly at sea. These can be very dangerous and can even lead to fatal accidents.

The dangers of offshore oil drilling

We use oil to fuel cars and airplanes, heat our homes and supply energy to the power industry. But the workers who extract oil to energize our modern world engage in risky business. Even taking safety precautions, accidents on an offshore oil platform can still happen. And when they do, they often result in serious — and sometimes fatal — injuries.

How does admiralty law protect workers at sea?

For the centuries of seafaring that helps create this country, it was all too easy to get injured on a ship. Even as the technology improved and engines replaced sails, it was still a very hazardous career to work in shipping and offshore drilling. Even though no state can claim jurisdiction when someone is hurt offshore, the government in Washington maintains protections for maritime workers.

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