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Protect yourself from falling overboard

One of the most dangerous things that can happen on any boat -- a ferry, a barge, a cruise ship, a ski boat or anything else -- is when someone goes overboard. Even when the boat is not traveling at a very substantial speed, it can be all but impossible for the person to keep up, and that's just if they were not injured in the fall.

Can an injured cruise boat worker pursue compensation?

Having a job on a cruise ship can be an exciting way to live your life. These jobs can come with long hours, few days off and exhausting job responsibilities. Nevertheless, for those who choose this kind of career at sea, there are usually enough perks and sufficient pay to the hard work worthwhile. That's why suffering an injury while working at sea can be so devastating.

Which cruise ship workers most risk being hurt on the job?

Aside from the captain and others who navigate the boat, there are two types of employees who work on cruise ships: artists who have aspirations of being discovered by the entertainment industry and employees who hail from poor countries looking to see the world and to support their families. The latter is most likely to get injured while working aboard a cruise ship.

Port of New Orleans sued over damage to oil tanker

Those who work on boats on the nation's rivers and seas have some of the most dangerous -- and important -- jobs in the country. Fishing crews help feed millions of Americans, while offshore oil workers keep fuel flowing to homes and cars. While many of the immediate hazards are apparent with machinery and cables, environmental problems also affect maritime workers.

The risks of injury or death that maritime workers face are high

Individuals who work in the maritime fields of shipping, transportation, commercial fishing, marine construction or in offshore gas and oil industry are trained to always put safety first. They're taught to do this for a reason. These individuals are at an increased risk of becoming ill, injured or killed by bloodborne pathogens, high voltage, hazardous chemicals, heavy machinery, slips and falls and drowning.

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