The Risk of Falling Overboard on Sea Vessels

Sea workers face all sorts of injury risks, sometimes from the negligence of a ship owner or captain. One of those dangerous—and one of the most dangerous, at that—is falling overboard.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falling overboard is “the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen, nationwide.” This problem is severe enough that in 2010, the United States Congress passed the US Coast Guard Authorization Act, which was intended in part to prevent sailors and crew members from falling overboard.

Sadly, such tragedies still occur—and many of these falling-overboard events are entirely preventable. For instance, a crew member can fall overboard if he or she uses or leans against a handrail that has been improperly managed or is otherwise defective. As well, if a ship fails to warn its crew members of a rough or violent sea, then a crew member may be at risk for being pitched overboard if he or she steps outside during bad weather. And finally, a crew member can die after falling overboard if the ship fails to execute a timely or safe search and rescue effort.

These falls can happen on commercial vessels, but they can also happen on vessels such as cruise ships, as well. If you’re at sea, you’re at risk for falling overboard. If such an event occurs, you may want to contact an experienced Maritime Lawyer. Those in charge of a vessel are tasked with keeping her safe and keeping her crew free from harm. If you were seriously injured due to the negligence or error of a ship’s manager or other authorities, then it’s worth speaking to an experienced maritime lawyer.

Get Help From An Experienced Virginia Maritime Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident while working , or have lost a loved one in an accident, you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

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