Higher-than-average rainfall has resulted in significant flooding along the Mississippi River in recent weeks. This has caused levees to break -- putting residents, crops and marine life in peril. It has also resulted in shipments being delayed. That has caused prices at the store to soar. Maritime workers have been at an increased risk of getting hurt as they've attempted to navigate these waters.
If you work as an able-bodied (AB) seaman or have another position on a seafaring vessel, at some point while carrying out your duties, you might get injured. What happens next?
Being employed as an offshore oil rig worker is dangerous. Commercial divers have perhaps one of the most hazardous jobs of all though.
Ocean fishing is often referred to as one of the most dangerous professions in the world. It takes lives and leads to serious injuries. The high demand for fish means that it's a viable career and a lot of people still turn to this trade, but they have to understand the risks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there's no profession that's most dangerous than those in the commercial fishing industry. Their data shows that those who hold this role have a fatality rate that is 29 times this country's national average for workers. Since this profession is so dangerous, the CDC had taken it upon itself to identify when safety lapses are most apt to occur and how they can be prevented.
A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson announced on Jan. 19 that they had suspended their search for two workers who went missing after the boat that they had been working on capsized on Jan. 16.
Injured seamen who are hurt in service of their ship are entitled to something known as "maintenance and cure," not just lost wages.
While onshore oil rig workers don't work at sea, they put their lives on the line for their job just like offshore employees do. In fact, data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that those who work on oil rigs have a higher risk of nonfatal injuries than those who are employed in many other professions.
Tugboats are often seen alongside barges, container ships helping to tow them in and out of the harbor, cleaning up an oil spill, hauling away oil or helping film crews working at sea. What many do not know about tugboat crew members, though, is how they often put their health and safety at risk by working long hours and handling such varied tasks.
If you are a seaman that has been injured or become ill, then you may have heard the terminology "maintenance and cure" thrown about. It essentially refers to your right to have your medical expenses covered by a shipowner if you're hurt on the job.