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Common marine terminal fatality causes

One of the purposes of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is to ensure that employers carry insurance that provides benefits to those in New York who load and unload ships and are injured on the job. The U.S. Department of Labor notes that not only does the Act require coverage for medical expenses and compensation for those who are injured while performing these duties, it also includes provisions for a longshoreman’s family after a fatal injury.

After 2 deaths, MAIB urges Clipper organizer to check race safety

In the past two years, two participants in the Clipper Round the World yacht race have died in maritime accidents. Now, Britain's Marine Accident Investigation Branch is recommending that the race's organizers review and, if necessary, revise both its shore-based management procedures and its yacht-manning policies. Furthermore, the agency urges Clipper Ventures Plc to challenge all participating skippers to make certain safe work practices are adhered to during the race.

Liquefaction of bulk cargo can sink ships

Cargo on ships may undergo conditions much different from those that may occur on a train or in a semitrailer in New York. Even calm seas may cause significant shifting if goods are not secured, and often, there is settling of bulk cargo that may lead to a serious imbalance. When storms arise, the situation may become much less stable. However, with certain cargoes, the motions caused by choppy seas could lead to a new threat: liquefaction.

Fatigue leads to deadly accidents at sea

While people on the roads in New York associate the dangers of fatigue with large truck drivers, this factor is actually a significant threat on the world’s oceans, as well. In fact, according to The Guardian, seaman fatigue on merchant ships could be a significant contributor to the hundreds of fatalities each year caused by human error.

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