As a seaman, work involves treacherous, unpredictable waters, but also utilizing handle heavy equipment and machinery on surfaces that are often slippery. A slippery or oily deck can pose a serious fall hazard to crewmembers. Despite a slippery deck being the normal work environment for a seaman, there are actions that the vessel owner can take to prevent fall accidents, such as installing non-skid coatings. Falls on ships can also occur if there are old, worn down stairs or ladders or if the vessel is poorly lit.
A vessel owner can be held responsible for maritime injuries when negligence was involved or in a situation where the vessel is unseaworthy. There are many factors that can cause a vessel to become unseaworthy, including the existence of a dangerous condition or poor ship maintenance. Just because a vessel is considered to be unseaworthy, does not mean it is in danger of sinking.
If you have been injured aboard an unsafe vessel, contact us today to discuss your rights.