The shipping industry in New York is important for the entire US economy and also the world economy. Many products are shipped to and from the New York ports each year. In addition to being important for the US and the world, it is also important for the local economy as well as the industry provides many jobs and many people work on the ships to earn an income and provide for themselves and their families.
It is important that people are able to continue working and this means that they must be healthy in order to do their jobs. However, working on ships and especially on the decks can be dangerous at times. Unfortunately, many people are involved in maritime accidents on ship decks and suffer injuries as a result. There are many different types of accidents that occur, but some are more common than others.
Common types of ship deck accidents
Some of the more common accidents that occur are:
- Slip and falls – These can occur for a variety of reasons such as slippery surfaces, improper safety equipment, missing railings, poor awareness and others.
- Improper lifting – people are required to lift and carry heavy objects and people may use poor technique or not pay attention as they carry it across the deck.
- Exposure to chemicals – this could be inhaling fumes or having certain chemicals touch and burn the skin.
- Crane equipment – when cranes are putting various objects on the deck, others need to stay clear, pay attention and everyone needs good communication during the process.
There are many other types of accidents that occur on ships and many ways that workers in New York are injured. These workers may be put in a tough situation both physically and financially. However, injured workers may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, which can include payment for medical bills and lost income, through the Jones Act. Experienced attorneys understand injured workers rights and may be able to help protect them.