In 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that New York City was home to an estimated 8.4 million people. The most significant increases to the city's population have occurred in the outlying boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. While NYC's subway system is among the most extensive and widely-traveled in the world, for residents who live outside of Manhattan, opportunities for economic advancement can be limited.
Individuals who work aboard commercial fishing vessels face many daily hazards. Quarters are cramped and, to avoid malfunction and injury, equipment used aboard fishing vessels must be properly maintained and stored. Additionally, seamen must often attempt to perform work duties in challenging weather conditions, which often compounds and creates many additional safety hazards.
In a recent blog post, we discussed the Jones Act and how its provisions provide compensation for seamen who are injured while aboard a sea vessel. While many individuals who work aboard barges, commercial fishing boats and cruise ships may be aware of the Jones Act, few likely know what they need to do in the wake of an injury to secure benefits via the Jones Act.
The U.S. Maritime Industry encompasses some 400,000 sea vessels. While hundreds of thousands of men and women work aboard these vessels, hundreds of thousands more work from shore to support the operations of sea vessels. For the individuals who are employed as construction workers, longshoremen, ship builders, ship maintenance workers and crane operators; the hours are long and the work is often physical and dangerous.