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The reality of the fishing industry

The commercial fishing industry has long been known for its tough working environments and potential safety hazards. Many New Yorkers are unaware, however, of the complexities of the dangers fishing workers face on any given shift. The following takes a look at the reality of fishing work, and the many ways in which employees put their lives on the line.

Hit-and-run on lake results in man's arrest

A day out on the water is typically meant to offer boaters a reprieve from the stresses associated with daily life in Manhattan. Yet waterways can quickly become congested with other recreational boaters who are also looking for the same escape. A lake will usually offer those navigating it ample space to do what they want to do, yet the same caution that one exhibits on land must also be used on the water. That means that, if an accident does occur, those involved are obliged to remain at the scene until it is resolved. 

Does the Jones Act apply to heart disease?

Maritime work is a hazardous occupation, particularly if you are working at sea. Along with accidents and other safety concerns, seafarers are at risk of developing serious health problems due to the type of work they do, including carrying cargo and handling dangerous materials. Long working hours, stress, and endemic or epidemic diseases can also put them at risk, even if they pass a medical test with flying colors before getting underway.

Understanding who qualifies as a seaman

For those in Manhattan who work at sea, it may seem as though every day that an employment-related injury keeps them stuck on the shore represents lost wages and benefits. Fortunately, there are specific rules and regulations in place that entitle such an individual to maintenance and cure. As has been detailed on this blog before, maintenance is meant to cover all of a wounded sea worker's daily expenses, while cure helps in paying their medical costs. Yet before one injured while on the high seas (or preparing to embark for them) begins to plan on receiving this benefit, he or she should first seek to understand if he or she evens qualifies for it. 

Laws surrounding workplace fatalities in the fishing industry

Whether it is a hot stove or heavy construction equipment, a large majority of industries pose some level of threat to employees. Even rush hour traffic presents some level of danger to the everyday nine-to-five New Yorker. Some industries, such as commercial fishing and other marine occupations, can threaten the lives of workers during each shift. Although jobs in the U.S. are reportedly getting safer, hazards can be an inherent part of this field of work. 

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