Maritime Workers and Slip and Fall Injuries By Steve Charpentier on October 02, 2015

A shipping vessel at seaThe legal team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. has a strong reputation in the greater Melbourne region, particularly when it comes to the injuries caused by negligence. We've discussed auto accidents and premises liability cases a fair amount, though we would like to turn our attention to maritime law and negligence lawsuits involving the water. Serious accidents on or near any body of water can change lives and even cost people their lives, which is why we take these cases just as seriously as any other.

Slip and Fall Injuries Can Lead to Serious Harm

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and to anyone. That goes for people who are visiting a waterfront or seaside establishment, riding on a seafaring vessel, or who are boarding or deboarding said vessel. In fact, employees of any sort of maritime vessel or property can similarly be involved in a slip and fall incident of some kind.

What's important to consider is the potential negligence of an employer or a property owner with regard to safety. Failure to meet safety standards puts multiple people at risk.

Dangers Are More Prevalent for Maritime Workers

Given how much they have to deal with wet and slippery surfaces and the additional risks involved in such occupations, it's safe to say that the risk of slips and falls for maritime workers is much higher than those experienced by passengers on a vessel. This is a risk that these employees take, though their employers can do a lot to minimize risks. If a maritime employer acts negligently, they may be held liable for the injuries that their employees sustain.

Railings and Nets Should Be In Place

One reason that slips and falls may occur in maritime jobs is a lack of proper railings or safety nets. Rails along edges help provide support so employees do not lose balance. The nets on the sides of boats can help catch workers who fall, preventing them from hitting the water or the ground.

Anti-Skid and Anti-Slip Surfaces Are Crucial

Around ledges and high traffic areas of a dock or a sea vessel, it's important that there be some form of anti-skid surface in place. A mat or a textured walkway of some kind can work wonders for traction even when facing slippery situations.

Good Lighting Can Help Prevent Serious Harm

Lighting is a key component to safety that many people do not consider. Keeping dangerous areas properly lit and well lit can help keep workers mindful of potential hazards, or even may help in spotting potential hazards should they arise.

Hazardous Areas Should Be Marked

When nearing a ledge or any other type of area that could pose a slip or fall hazard, it's important to consider warning signs of some kind, or to have color-coded areas to help denote the danger. Combining this with proper lighting can prevent a whole host of potential injuries.

Employees Need to Be Given Proper Training

Sometimes the reason for accidents occurring is the lack of proper training provided for an employee. It's important that all maritime employees be given proper training, and that all qualifications for safety and performing their job duties are fully met. If an employer is negligent in the proper training of the employees, especially in these kinds of high-stakes operations, that could be grounds for a major lawsuit.

Speak with Our Personal Injury Attorneys About Your Case

For more information about your legal options after a serious fall, be sure to contact our Central Florida personal injury attorneys today. The legal team here at the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. will work with you to ensure that justice is served.

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