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Drowning Accidents

Drowning is a real risk of working at sea. Whether you are a commercial fisherman, an oil rig worker or member of the crew on a cruise ship, you are at risk of drowning. In order to prevent these types of fatal accidents, each employer has a responsibility to take precautions to prevent drowning accidents.

The US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires that certain precautions be taken if there is a chance that an employee could fall into the water. Those precautions include:

Different types of vessels may also be required to be built in such a way to make falls and potential drowning accidents less likely to happen. For example, guardrails may be required.

Further, employers should be aware of the natural limitation of workers. Workers who are required to work long shifts or too many consecutive shifts may be more tired and more apt to be in an accident. Workers should not work alone if there is a danger of drowning as quick help from another crew member could be life saving.

If employers fail to take the precautions described above or fail to exercise reasonable care in protecting seamen from the dangers of drowning then the employer's negligence may have caused or contributed to the seaman's death and the seamen's family may be able to recover damages pursuant to federal maritime law.

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