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The LHWCA and occupational diseases

Sometimes, workers at ports or other marine terminals suffer injuries during the course of their work. Depending on their circumstances, such a worker may be eligible for benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act for their injuries.

Now, injuries are not the only type of harm maritime workers could end up suffering in connection to their job. For example, sometimes, exposure to hazards at work (such as chemical hazards) lead to a maritime worker developing an occupational disease. Occupational illnesses can come in a wide range of varieties, including: auto-immune diseases, respiratory conditions, pulmonary diseases and skin diseases.

Marquette & Bessemer No. 2: Mystery Of Our Inland Seas

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Lake Erie is home to one of the world's great maritime mysteries: the loss of the SS Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 in 1909. 

Prior to recent decades, it was not uncommon for ships to meet their demise on Lake Erie; there have been more than 100 documented shipwrecks on the lake including commercial vessels and passenger vessels. 

What sets the Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 apart is the mystery surrounding the wreck and the difficulty of shipwreck enthusiasts to locate the vessel in the clear waters of this inland sea. According to James Donahue, "the wreck has reportedly been seen from the air on clear days...yet no one has located it by boat."

Construction employment up in New York City

New York City has been experiencing a building boom as of late. One of the things that has occurred along with this boom is an increase in construction employment in the city, recent statistics indicate.

The statistics are from the New York Building Congress. According to these statistics, in the city, 138,200 individuals (on average) were employed by the construction industry last year, as compared to 129,100 in 2014. This is around a 7 percent increase.

Safety aboard liquefied natural gas tankers

Maritime vessels are used for the transportation of all different kinds of goods and substances. Some such vessels transport hazardous materials. One example of hazardous material transportation vessels are liquefied natural gas tankers.

These tankers can carry rather considerable amounts of liquefied natural gas and they generally have special design features aimed at addressing the unique aspects of storing this hazardous material.

Do construction companies give enough priority to safety?

Many unique dangers and safety risks can come up at construction sites. These hazards sometimes lead to construction workers getting seriously hurt or killed. The construction industry is among the industries that see the most occupational deaths annually. So, it is of little surprise that construction tends to be identified as a high-risk line of work.

Given the high-risk nature construction work can have, giving safety its proper due is particularly important for construction employers. This makes the results of a recent survey rather worrisome.

Many big choices come up in Jones Act claims

There are various special laws here in the U.S. connected to maritime vessels and maritime work. One of these is the Jones Act, a federal law. Among the things this law does is give workers who fall under the definition of a “seaman” the ability to submit personal injury claims against their employer in connection to certain on-the-job accidents.

So, when a person who works aboard a vessel is hurt on the vessel, one of the things their efforts to get fairly compensated may involve is pursuing a Jones Act claim.

Noise at construction sites

Among the dangers that can be present at construction sites are sonic dangers. Such sites can be very noisy places, in part due to the types of equipment typically involved in construction. So, safety concerns can arise in relation to the level of noise construction workers are exposed to at their worksite.

Sonic dangers at construction sites, just like physical dangers at such sites, have the potential to have long-lasting ramifications for workers. For one, exposure to unsafe levels of noise could cause a worker to experience hearing loss, possibly even substantial and permanent loss. As with other types of workplace harms, when a construction worker suffers hearing impairment due to conditions at their worksite, they may have various rights related to compensation.

Proper lighting vital in maritime work

Maritime work happens in a range of different environments. Some examples include vessels, shipyards and ports. So, there are many types of spaces a maritime worker could end up performing work in. Each particular maritime work space raises its own specific safety concerns.

Sometimes, safety hazards in a maritime work environment lead to accidents that cause serious injuries to workers. Experienced maritime accident lawyers can provide maritime workers who end up being exposed to such accidents, whatever work environment their job involves, with explanations and assessments of what particular injury-compensation laws apply to them and what rights they have and actions they can take in connection to their injuries under these laws.

Should crane black boxes be required in New York City?

Among the things that happened following the fatal crane accident that occurred here in New York City this past February was that a special city technical panel was convened to make recommendations regarding construction crane safety in the city. This panel recently issued a report containing recommendations.

The report contained multiple proposed new requirements for construction cranes. One of the requirements the report called for was a requirement that cranes that operate in the city have a black box device equipped on them.

Accidental Deaths Continue To Rise

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Go ahead and hit "Play" on your favorite 40 minute album. By the time you have finished listening to your tunes, 10 Americans will have died as a result of an accident. 

That was not a misprint. One American dies every four minutes due to accidental injury. That staggering rate rises to one every second if you account for those who need medical help but survive. 

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  1. The Legal Rights Of Injured Seamen & Other Commercial Mariners

  2. Hurt in a Construction Accident? You're Not Alone

  3. Are You A Seaman Injured In A Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights

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