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Navigating the Waters: Boat Injury

The ocean is a dangerous place, with natural disasters, copious safety regulations, and not to mention the long hours and fatigue of the workers, accidents are bound to happen. Whether you’re out on the water for work or pleasure, it is dangerous regardless.

Boat racing is one of the leading causes of offshore accidents as fun can quickly turn into a fatality. Racing requires boats to be in close proximity to each other, while adrenaline and competitive edge are thrown into the mix. While racing can be fun to watch and participate in, there are many dangers that come with the sport that can be and should be avoided.

Off the shore of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, a boating race turned fatal for one and seriously injured two others. In the annual Grand Prix racing event in Point Pleasant Beach, the accident occurred during the preliminary rounds of the race, in May of 2017. During the first turn of the race, the Smith Brothers’ boat was airborne, before landing on the unfortunate boat next to them, which sent its members into the water. One of the boat’s members, David Raabe, was pronounced dead shortly after hitting the water. Spectator, Pat Kowalonek told ABC, “Everyone wanted to have a good time, but it turned into a tragic accident.”

It is very easy for pleasure to turn into tragedy out on the ocean. And often, someone is at fault. This example was not work-related. However, there are a lot of work-related offshore accidents as well. Whether that is due to ignored safety instructions, malfunction of equipment, miscommunication, or sheer accident, serious injuries are not uncommon offshore. Other than man or machine-caused accidents, natural disasters can and will happen. Exhibit A and B of natural disasters are happening currently, with hurricanes Harvey and Irma, affecting those in Texas and Florida mostly. You cannot control for all natural disasters, and you cannot always expect them. Their unpredictable nature is what makes the most dangerous, and especially out at sea, safety is hard to achieve.  

Sometimes, inevitably, accidents happen. And sometimes, someone is at fault for those accidents, and when there is blame to be taken, there is also legal action to help. Compensation from legal action can be the only source of income you can receive if you’ve been seriously injured in an offshore accident, or if your loved one who used to make all the money passed away due to an offshore accident. Expert lawyers are aware of the dangerous nature of your job offshore and are ready and able to get you the compensation you deserve.

As seamen, you are under the Jones Act, and understanding your rights under this act is the number one frequently asked question. Lawyers are there to help answer your questions, help you understand your rights, inform you on whether or not to settle, and how much you can get from the company work for.

Personal Injury Due To Electrical Hazards

Electrocution or electric shock injuries are very common in construction sites. According to the website of Ali Mokaram, there are clear statistics that show the dangers of construction workers’ exposure to electricity as one of the leading causes of deaths in the workplace. In the United States, electrocutions rank as the fourth leading cause of death among construction workers, with electrical workers being the top victims, then construction workers and carpenters, roofers, and supervisors of non-electrical workers.

For electricians, the danger comes from working with “live” wires or being near them and mistaking de-energizing and lockout/tagout procedures. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks, and death by electrocution, For non-electricians, the risks arise from failing to avoid overhead live wires and the general lack of primary electrical safety awareness. Electric shocks can come from either direct or indirect contact, and any injury caused by strong electrical currents can have various effects to the body. Electrocution is the fatal result of a very strong electrical shock.

Non-electrical workers, such as those in the construction site, are in danger of electrocution via contact with hanging power lines after they have failed to de-energize or take care of the power lines or failing to keep the designated minimum clearance distance from live power lines. Based on information from the Abel Law Firm, many workers who suffered electrocutions or electrical shocks were injured through contact with electrical equipment, machinery, power tools, and defective power or extension cords. These physical contacts occurred on metal ladders, pipes, wires (that were intentionally stripped or cut or were accidentally damaged by drills or other tools) and other equipment or vehicles energized by live wires.

Furthermore, workers in cramped areas were a major contributor in electrocutions and electrical shock injuries. Water in the workplace also increased the risks of electrocution and electrical shock injuries, and even low-voltage contributed to accidents and construction site injuries. On order to prevent or lessen the dangers that come with working with electricity, construction sites should always follow the OSHA safety guidelines and ensure that they train their workers properly. Likewise they should also comply with the specific permit systems and procedure to ensure the safety of their workplace and their workers.

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