Every job or industry uses some kind of equipment in the course of a workday; maritime work is no different. However, when maritime equipment is not maintained properly seamen and maritime employees suffer preventable injuries and sometimes even death.
For instance, ships and vessels often feature cranes and winches as part of the equipment. These machines are used to transport and move heavy cargo and other kinds of equipment. If they are not maintained properly, however, then they can buckle or their cords can snap—leading to heavy and dangerous cargo being dropped on unsuspecting workers. The results can be disastrous and even fatal.
Electrical equipment also contains plenty of wiring, which needs to be kept in top shape. If a wire is exposed, or if the wiring of a machine is not up-to-date and safe, then workers can receive debilitating electrical shocks and electrocutions.
All of these injuries can lead to severe disabilities, amputations, paralysis and death. Sadly, these kinds of awful events happen far too often. There is no excuse for faulty equipment causing such injuries; vessel operators and ship owners simply have to make sure that equipment is up-to-date and well-maintained. They also need to ensure that their crew is properly trained and qualified us use the equipment.
Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe – Helping Victims for Over 29 Years
If you, or your loved one, has been injured in a Maritime accident, you may want to consult an experienced maritime accident lawyer. An experienced maritime injury lawyer can attempt to help you recover the damages and compensation you deserve. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also beenawarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.