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Employers must take appropriate steps to mitigate risks of injury to seamen

For anyone who makes a living by working aboard a barge, ocean liner, fishing boat or cruise ship; there are certain risks and dangers that are inherent to working on any water-bound vessel. Depending on the type of ship and nature of one's work, an individual may suffer injury or death due to a slip-and-fall, equipment failure, fall overboard, exposure to hazardous materials and being struck by a falling object.

How common are work injuries/illnesses among water transportation workers?

There are a wide range of different water transportation occupations. Examples of water transportation workers include: captains, motorboat operators, pilots, ship engineers, deckhands, deck officers and marine oilers.

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