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Storms often strike unpredictably at sea

Getting caught in a storm is incredibly dangerous, even for those who work at sea and consider themselves prepared for the worst. You can never quite know just how bad things are going to get or how intense the wind, rain and lightning will really be. All it takes is a bit of bad luck for a storm to turn into a disaster.

Maritime workers are at a significant risk for injury and death

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.

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.

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