Smartphone with apps on phone screen
By: Contributor on February 19, 2018

Whether you’re an expert on technology or you’re always asking your kids how to check email on your phone, everyone knows the role smartphones play in modern life. Checking finances, paying bills, playing games, making poor decisions on Amazon late at night – whatever you want to do, there’s a good …

Workers cutting ballast near railroad ties for railroad maintenance
By: Contributor on February 5, 2018

We’ve all heard the old urban legend about the penny on the railroad track, but in the real world there’s actually a lot of potential safety hazards that face every railroad in America that go sadly un-repaired. From faulty equipment to lack of foresight to plain carelessness on the part of the mana …

Color image of an orange lifeboat on a passenger ship.
By: Contributor on January 22, 2018

Lifeboat drills – they’re designed to help keep seamen and workers safe in the event of an emergency, but even the act of practicing lifeboat usage comes with its own risks and hazards. A study done in 2014 by a safety survey group based out of the UK indicated that accidents involving the usage of …

foreman control loading Containers box from Cargo freight ship
By: Contributor on January 8, 2018

No matter how mechanized and automated it gets, cargo handling is still a common job for maritime workers on vessels of any size or destination. And as you can imagine, there’s a lot of risk that comes with cargo handling. Far above and beyond the typical loads carried by semi trucks on land, cargo …

Cargo ship at dock with cranes
By: Contributor on December 18, 2017

With the long shifts, hours, days, or weeks spent at sea, and the physical strain associated with long voyages on the ocean, it’s no wonder that many sailors find themselves having a lot of sleepless nights out on the water. While lack of sleep can affect workers in any industry – and let’s face it, …

Hoses and pumps on board a chemical cargo vessel
By: Contributor on December 4, 2017

No matter how the industry changes, chemical transport is one of the most commonly seen applications of commercial vessels today. The waterways of America see hundreds of vessels every year carrying a wide range of chemicals and liquid substances, ranging from organic chemicals, food products (such …

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 …

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 …

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 …