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What are some common accidents on boats?

If you're working in a shipyard or on a ship, there are many different things that could happen to put your life at risk. You need to know that you're protected in case of an injury, that you have a right to pursue compensation and that your environment is supposed to be as safe as possible.

When an employer doesn't keep your environment safe, you are at a higher risk of injury. What kinds of injuries do you face? Here are a few.

Going overboard

It's true that going overboard is one of the most common, and most dangerous, situations that can occur on a ship. Depending on the distance between the deck and ocean, the impact itself could be deadly or cause severe injuries. In cold waters, there's a risk of hypothermia.

Electrical shocks

Electricity around water is always dangerous, which is why it's so important to make sure you're following all the proper safety procedures on a boat. If you are working on an electrical wire and touch water, there is a huge potential for serious injuries. Unattended connections and exposed wires could touch wet decks or metal parts, electrifying whole areas of a ship and putting many at risk of injuries.

Lifeboat testing errors

Finally, keeping up with safety requirements is a key to a safe environment on a ship, but even testing safety protocols can be dangerous. Lifeboat testing drills are vital to understanding how they work in an emergency, but since there are no regulations on how to handle these smaller boats, accidents can result in severe injuries and death.

After a workplace accident at sea, you have the ability to file a claim. Your attorney can help you collect the information you need to pursue compensation.

Source: Marine Insight, "10 Most Common Life-Threatening Accidents On Board Ships," accessed Aug. 1, 2017

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