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June 2020 Archives

COVID-19 leads to many world seafarers being stranded at sea

Another side effect of the global COVID-19 pandemic has been the estimated 200,000 seafarers stranded at sea. Many of these workers have been aboard ships for more than a year as shipping companies are unable to bring in replacement crews. Without a break, fatigue and mental illness surface among workers, leading to major concerns about safety.

Is the Jones Act still necessary in America?

Some people question why the Jones Act is still necessary over 100 years after its conception. The president at the time, President Woodrow Wilson, created the law that evolved into what's today known as the Jones Act. It has been integral in the U.S. shipping industry, especially as our country recovered following World War I.

Watch out for falls when you use gangways

It's essential that your team is up to date on the latest safety techniques and requirements in order to keep you and others safe while you're working. Unsafe practices can lead to gangway accidents on ships, which could leave you with lasting injuries or disabilities.

The many types of injuries faced by deckhands on fishing boats

Deckhands are essential crew members on commercial fishing boats. Rarely are they taken for granted, but, often, they may not get the credit and recognition they deserve. Deckhands have so many responsibilities in this extremely physical job. Those duties may include from operating the fishing nets and lines, hauling aboard the day’s catch of fish and shrimp and cleaning them to lifting heavy objects, using ropes and knots and assisting in emergencies.

More offshore workers dying as safety measures loosened

The results seem to be in, and they do not look good for the safety of offshore oil and gas workers. After reviewing federal records, a Washington-based liberal think tank noted that the federal government's loosening of safety restrictions on offshore oil and gas operations has led to an increased number of worker deaths and decreases in inspections.

Shrimp season arrives, so focus on safety

With the arrival of spring shrimp season, a number of shrimpers are hesitantly optimistic that this year’s harvest will improve upon the challenging one from last year. A $73 million federal boost in fishing disaster funds may offset some of those financial issues, but money is not the only concern.

Hurt in a diving accident? You deserve to be heard

You have been a commercial diver for around a year, and you were happy when you were signed onto a new project. You had heard good things about the company before, and you expected that the employer would be as reasonable and cautious as past employers had been.

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