Working on a maritime vessel can be a considerably hazardous job. In order to reduce the risk of injuries, ships and their crew members are required to be “seaworthy,” meaning that the ship needs to be properly built, maintained and manned, and the crew needs to be properly trained.
Despite this mandatory obligation, many maritime accidents occur annually, some of which are preventable. The following considers several of the most common causes of maritime accidents which occur at sea.
Simple human error is considered the most common cause of maritime accidents and injuries. Roughly about 70% of all offshore accidents are attributed to human error.
Many of these errors are the result of preventable circumstances, such as being overworked, suffering from fatigue due to disrupted sleeping patterns, being distracted while using a cellphone, or being intoxicated on the job. Poor training in another fact that may result in an incorrect use of equipment, ineffective communication with other crew members, or the inability to use safety gear to save someone’s life.
Another common cause of accidents in the maritime industry is equipment misuse or failure. If not used correctly or not properly maintained, equipment use on and around ships can cause severe harm. Another significant reason for equipment accidents is miscommunication between crew members.
From fog obstructing vision to icebergs colliding with vessels, the weather is a major contributing factor to maritime accidents. However, typically after a thorough investigation of a weather-related collision, negligence plays a substantial role in the accident.
Sea vessels often work with or transport cargo containing toxic chemicals. When an accident occurs, workers are at risk of exposure to chemicals that may cause burns or other forms of illness. Flammable chemicals may result in fires that can injure or kill workers.
If you have suffered an injury on the job, you could be facing costly medical bills, lost earnings and lost future earnings, as well as pain and suffering. McNair Law Offices, PLLC can help you obtain the compensation necessary to make a successful recovery from injury.
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