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5 Maritime Safety Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking a Job

Paul Hofmann
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Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

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Taking a new maritime job is a big decision. Whether you are new to the industry or simply considering a new employer, there is a lot to think about. Of course, you are concerned about salary and time off. However, there is another quality of life issue that you must consider prior to taking a job at sea. That issue is safety.


How Will You Know if You Will Be Safe?


Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee your safety at sea. However, there are ways to minimize the risk of injury. Specifically, before you take a job, it is important to ask yourself the following maritime safety questions:


  • How experienced is the crew?
  • What prior accidents have occurred on the ship? Is there a concerning pattern?
  • Am I prepared for this type of work? Will I receive any necessary training?
  • Does the employer seem concerned about safety? Is there appropriate safety equipment on board?
  • Will I be able to get treatment if I’m hurt at sea?


It is important to know the answers to these questions and also to trust your gut feeling when accepting a new maritime job.


It is Also Important to Know How to Contact a New York Jones Act Attorney


Accidents at sea are unpredictable. Even if you think that you are reasonably safe, you may still be injured. If this happens to you, then it is important to contact an experienced New York Jones Act lawyer as soon as possible for a free consultation. Our experienced New York maritime injury lawyers can be reached at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or 1-800-362-9329. We also encourage you to learn more about what to do if you are hurt, even before you hurt, by reading our free publication Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights.

Category: Maritime Law

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