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3 Ways Maritime Safety Equipment Can Put You in Peril

It is the equipment that is supposed to save your life-the vest that is supposed to keep you from drowning off the coast of Long Island, the fire extinguisher that is supposed to keep your boat from going up in flames off of Nantucket, or the life raft that is supposed to keep you afloat in the Atlantic. However, when the specific piece of safety equipment that you need no longer works, you need to know why, and you need to know what to do next.

How Maritime Equipment Can Fail

The equipment that is meant to keep you safe may fail and put you in danger if:

  • The wrong equipment is used. The wrong type of equipment may be provided to you, given the unique situation you were in at the time of the emergency.
  • The equipment is used incorrectly. This could be because you or another crew member was not appropriately trained or because a mistake was made in the stressful situation that required the use of safety equipment.
  • The equipment was defective. Often a defect is caused by a bad repair, a faulty design, a problem with the manufacturing of the product, or a lack of adequate warnings provided with the product.

Other problems may also cause the safety equipment to fail.

What to Do if You're Hurt

If you're hurt then you need to know why the safety equipment failed. A full investigation should be done of the circumstances of your accident injury. To find out more about how and why to do an investigation, please start an online chat with us now or call us directly to schedule an initial consultation.

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