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.
Data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2015 cited oil rig work as one of the most dangerous industries to work in. That year, at least 120 workers were killed on the job. Studies show that these injuries and deaths in the oil rig industry are mostly caused by human errors, irregular application of procedures or equipment misuse.
Some Democratic senators in Washington, D.C., are reportedly concerned about how lax the federal government is being enforcing laws meant to protect offshore oil and gas workers from getting hurt.
Working on a dock can be very dangerous. There's so much going on that you could lose track of a piece of equipment or even forget to put on your hard hat. Either way, you could wind up involved in an accident that could put you out of work for an extended period. You need to stay as safe as possible when at work on a Louisiana dock so you don't find yourself sitting in the hospital.