These days, weather forecasting is generally pretty good. It's far better than it was for previous generations of sailors and maritime workers. However, it is not perfect. Weather changes often happen quickly and unexpectedly at sea. These can be very dangerous and can even lead to fatal accidents.
Working aboard a cruise ship may at first glance appear to be a young person's dream job. After all, even as a crew member, you are still working aboard a luxury ship sailing the seas from port to port.
Oil and water do not mix. Fire and water should certainly not mix. A fire on a seagoing vessel, where there is often no or limited escape for its crew, is one of the most terrifying possibilities faced by the United States' brave workers at sea.
Liability may be complicated in a motor vehicle accident, but jurisdiction is usually clear. The court in the parish where an accident happened can rule on any criminal act or civil liability connected to a collision. But where do we turn if an accident occurs on the water?
Most workers who are in danger of being injured or sickened in the office know that workers' compensation laws in their state will help them recover. But what if you don't know what state you were in when you were injured? What if you weren't in a state at all?
Every American knows that we declared independence in 1776, and the Constitution guaranteed our rights a few years later. But most of the laws we know beyond the Bill of Rights are modern, often no more than a few decades old. But where do some of the older and lesser known laws apply to our lives?
What is the top concern for workers headed to an offshore oil rig? Profit for the dangerous journey is one of them, and future job opportunities is probably another. The No. 1 worry is probably about safety, because injuries can be costly and painful as well as preventing workers from keeping their income flowing.
Working on an oil rig, or an offshore oil drilling platform, is a tough job. It's dangerous. It's physically demanding. It's remote. If you do get injured, you could be hundreds of miles from a hospital. Workers suffer serious injuries and even die on these rigs every year.
A Celebrity Cruises worker was awarded $10.3 million for spinal injuries he suffered on the job this week in Miami.
Two oil rig workers were killed and another was injured on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana on June 30. The fatal incident happened on the Shell Auger Leg Platform, which can be found 214 miles off the coast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, at around 9 a.m.