As a longshoreman or harbor worker, you work long hours in less-than-ideal conditions. Yet, you love working with your hands and being outside on the water. You are not the type of person who could sit behind a desk all day. You enjoy your job, but there is no denying your work is physically demanding and puts you at risk for injury.
Even the most responsible and knowledgeable boaters may run into trouble from time to time. One serious occurrence involves your vessel taking on water, which can lead to significant injury or even loss of life if you’re not fully prepared. In this case, Boating recommends the following advice to boaters in danger of sinking.
For many maritime workers in New York, working in such close proximity to water provides many opportunities that may not be enjoyed in other industries. However, with their job comes a unique set of risks that can be incredibly dangerous at times. Whether or not these workers are able to stay safe and perform their job successfully is heavily dependent on how much instruction they have received about their job, as well as their attention to following outlined protocols and procedures designed to keep them safe.
Simply because you know that protections are in place to help you should you be injured doing maritime work at any of Manhattan's docks or ports does not necessarily mean that you should be completely free from worry about what might happen should such a thing ever occur. Equally as important as knowing that you are entitled to benefits under the Longshore Act is understanding how long those benefits will last. The answer to the latter question depends on the nature of your injury.
You do not need to be told how much life on an offshore oil rig differs from the one normally experienced in Manhattan. Having worked with many who have been injured during the course of such a career, we here at Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP can attest to the unique dangers oil platform workers face. Yet while you may not know it, the greatest risk you may encounter while doing such work may not be on the rig at all, but rather during your ride out to it.