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Understanding liability for injuries on fishing boats

If you are a worker on a commercial fishing boat, it is likely that you spend the majority of your time in your shift working on navigable waters. This means that if you become injured, you will not be covered by standard workers' compensation laws that are applicable to most workers in the United States.

Why is drunken boating so dangerous?

There's a certain sense of freedom when you're on the water that you don't have behind the wheel of a car. Maybe that's why so many boaters tend to indulge in a few drinks when they're operating their boats -- even through boating under the influence (BUI) of drugs or alcohol is illegal.

How to I make a claim under the Longshore Act?

Those who work in maritime employment are not covered by standard workers' compensation laws. This means that if they become injured on the job, they can not turn to standard workers' compensation laws to cover their financial damages, so they instead have to look for other options. Luckily, the Longshore And Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWC) can provide for the payment of compensation for these workers.

Chemical dangers to fishing boat workers

If you work on a fishing boat, you have to worry about things like repetitive motion injuries, falling overboard, accidents with machinery and vessel disasters, among other things. It's no wonder that the fatality rate among commercial fishermen is 29 times greater than the national average.

Pending oyster season brings with it a focus on safety

The recent global health crisis poses numerous challenges to many business areas. The oyster industry is under threat because a majority of their customers are restaurants, which serve this tasty and desirable food. Many of these restaurants have either closed or experienced a lot less foot traffic due to social distancing and the health crisis.

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