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Why are deck winches so dangerous for commercial fishermen?

Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the commercial fishing industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in this country. The fatality rate for those working in the commercial fishing industry is 35 times higher than that of any other average U.S. professional.

Remember that you have rights under the Jones Act

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, which is also known as the Jones Act, turned 100 years old this year. It prescribes certain requirements that vessels must meet to be allowed to carry passengers and goods from one U.S. port to the next. There are many pros and cons associated with the Jones Act for both seamen as well as operators.

Below Deck shows that deckhand work can be quite dangerous

One ever-popular show on television (TV) is Bravo's Below Deck. In case you haven't watched the program before, it gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to work as a deckhand on a superyacht for the rich and famous. The work that these individuals perform is far from glamorous. In fact, it's downright dangerous. Many of the show's stars have been seriously hurt as they've worked on these vessels.

Family of missing crewman sues ship owners under the Jones Act

If you're on a factory floor and a forklift drives over your foot, you know where to go. One should seek medical attention, document the incident and possibly file a claim for workers' compensation. But if a similar thing happens on the deck of a ship in the Long Island Sound, what do you do?

What types of water vessels are protected by the Jones Act?

There are many facets to the Jones Act. It aims to protect the United States' political sovereignty and national security and to secure the country's economic welfare. It also protects seamen who become injured while on the job. Certain types of water vessels are protected under the Jones Act.

There are many dangers that offshore workers face on the job

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has long been tracking outer continental shelf worker injuries. The federal agency has required all employers who operate in these waters to report any injuring incidents that caused workers to seek medical attention or miss one or more days from work since July 2006. Some factors cause more offshore worker injuries than others.

How can the Jones Act protect me if I was injured at sea?

If you work in the maritime industry, then it's likely that you've heard about the Jones Act. This federal law's alternate name is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. It is a piece of federal legislation that, among other things, protects seamen who are injured on the job.

Defining a “vessel in navigation”

The maritime industry can present several unique risks and dangers to those in Manhattan who are employed in it. Thus, such workers rely on the Jones Act to afford them the protections needed to feel confident enough to work at sea. Indeed, according to the Cornell Law School, the Jones Act not only allows a maritime worker to collect maintenance and cure benefits to help cover the costs of any injury they sustain while in the service of their vessels, but also to bring legal action against the owners of said vessels if needed. The extent of such protection, however, depends on the type of vessel one works on. 

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