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Preventing maritime injuries with risk awareness

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. 

When getting to work can be deadly

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. 

Who’s responsible for personal injuries caused by fights?

While professionalism is crucial in the maritime industry, it’s a sad fact that fights can sometimes occur. If an injury occurs as a result of a fight, who is responsible for a seaman’s lost wages or medical bills? Pacific Maritime Magazine provides insight on who can be held liable when fights happen aboard a seafaring vessel.

Determining Ladder Liability for Longshoremen

For longshoremen in Manhattan, the process of loading and unloading ships can be a tough and grueling experience. This is especially true when faced with faulty or otherwise compromised equipment, such as ladders used to gain access to hard-to-reach areas of a boat. If you’re injured using a ladder, you may have questions regarding liability and whether the owner of the vessel is ultimately responsible to provide compensation. In this case, Pacific Maritime Magazine offers insight into this common issue.

3 Cruise Ship Risks to Be Aware Of

Manhattan vacationers may view cruise ships as a great way to see the world in a safe and convenient manner. However, cruise ships carry numerous risks for their passengers, some of which can have deadly consequences under the right circumstances. Being aware of these risks is crucial, especially when your entire family is onboard.

Supplementing your daily stipend

Your frustration over not being able to work following a maritime accident is understandable. Yet that frustration may be secondary to the struggles you encounter trying to live off your daily stipend in Mahattan. The rights afforded to you under the Jones Act include maintenance and cure benefits. Per the Cornell Law School, maintenance is the daily stipend you receive to help cover your living expenses. Many in your same situation find that it is not enough to support themselves and their families, and thus come to us here at Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP wondering what other types of compensation they might be entitled to. 

What 2 factors contribute to commercial fishing accidents?

Some Manhattan area residents find commercial fishing to be a lucrative career choice. As rewarding as it can be, there are dangers that many fishermen are aware of. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “commercial fishing is one of the riskiest jobs in the country; the national fatality average is 29 times lower than the industry.” 

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.

How common are cruise ship accidents?

A cruise adventure is often just as much about the journey as the destination itself. This is why countless New Yorkers choose floating vacations that lead to thrilling and luxurious beaches and cities. With the endless perks of choosing this type of vacation, there are safety aspects to be aware of, as well. 

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