Marine dredge and pile driver sits anchored off of the Taawasan Ferry Terminal near Vancouver, BC. Point Roberts, Washington can be seen in the background
By: Contributor on November 20, 2017

Dredging work is one of the larger sources of maritime employment along the inland waters of America today, and large dredging machines are a common sight along the banks of rivers such as the Mississippi or the Ohio. The work involves the usage of specialized ships designed to excavate sediment fro …

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Male judge in a courtroom striking the gavel
By: Contributor on November 6, 2017

Punitive damages: it’s a commonly-seen term in legal documents, and yet the effect it can have on different cases is wide-ranging and dependent on a number of factors. These damages set themselves apart from typical damages sought during an injury case by focusing more on the defendant than the plai …

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Wooden gangway on ship
By: Contributor on October 23, 2017

When you get down to it, there’s really only so many ways to get on or off a ship. Gangways, ladders, platforms, however your boat loads her crew, loading a ship tends to be a crowded and chaotic affair no matter how you handle your operations. This sort of chaos also contributes to a high rate of a …

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Workers install DC voltage conductor rail of sky train
By: Contributor on October 9, 2017

Any worker employed by the railroad finds themselves faced with a lot of dangerous situations, from loading the trains to working on the tracks to being the engineer of a train. However, there is one risk that railroad workers face that has been growing in ever-greater numbers in recent years: the r …

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Red fire extinguisher with pipe connector on a boat
By: Contributor on September 25, 2017

Even if you’re surrounded by water, fire safety is a massive concern onboard cargo vessels. Any vessel in navigation needs to be careful about fire hazards, due to the equipment being used onboard including the engine of the vessel itself. Cargo ships, however, are at an even greater risk for fires …

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commercial cargo ship full of containers
By: Contributor on September 18, 2017

The Jones Act is no doubt the backbone of our entire industry. A series of laws designed, in part, to make sure any commercial shipping done within American waterways is done on American-made vessels using entirely American crews, the Jones Act is the center of trade, commerce, and employment on the …

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Engine room aboard a cargo ship
By: Contributor on August 16, 2017

Out of all the dangerous working conditions a maritime worker will encounter during their employment – rough seas, hazardous weather, etc – one of the most dangerous environments is right aboard their vessel. The ship’s engine room is home to a variety of machinery and systems, all working together …

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Oil rig roughneck workers drilling into oil onboard rig
By: Contributor on August 2, 2017

Oil rig work is one of the most dangerous areas of employment you’ll encounter on the water – or anywhere. With constant exposure to harsh weather, hazardous conditions, and dangerous machinery onboard the rig itself, oil rig workers are faced with a unique set of hazards and challenges not seen any …

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Orange lifebuoys and black rope, safety equipment of modern yacht
By: Contributor on July 19, 2017

Summer means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for any American maritime worker who sails through our oceans, the summer months can just as easily be called “hurricane season”. You don’t need us to tell you how dangerous hurricanes can be – dozens of lives are lost every year to these storms, …

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