Unsafe Working Conditions

The maritime industry in Portland, Seattle, and other areas in the Pacific Northwest is just like any other industry in that your maritime employer must provide reasonably safe working conditions for you to perform your job. These conditions are governed by the Coast Guard and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Both issue regulations for maritime workplace safety due to the concerns for the safety of maritime workers.

OSHA maritime safe workplace rules and procedures can be found in 29 CFR Part 1915, 29 CFR Part 1917, and 29 CFR Part 1918. A violation of these rules may be considered a failure to provide safe maritime working conditions, a form of negligence. If you suffered injury due to your unsafe working environment aboard a vessel in places like the North Pacific, Bering Sea, or Gulf of Alaska, an experienced maritime accident attorney can help you file your claim under the appropriate legislation and fight for maximum compensation.

Maritime Injury Attorneys for Unsafe Working Conditions in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California

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Unsafe Maritime Working Conditions and Unseaworthiness

Though they are related and often go hand in hand in a maritime injury claim, the concepts of unsafe working conditions and unseaworthiness have a separate application. Unsafe working conditions can often make the vessel unseaworthy. The warranty of seaworthiness applies to vessels, vessel gear, and vessel equipment. A vessel is unseaworthy if any aspect of the ship is unfit for the purpose for which it was made and generally includes:

  • Defective or damaged vessel
  • Defective, damaged, and/or malfunctioning equipment onboard
  • Lack of adequate safety equipment, such as guards, handrails, life vests, and fire extinguishers
  • Inadequate and/or insufficiently trained crew members

Unsafe working conditions can make for an unseaworthy vessel. Unsafe working conditions may affect longshoremen and harbor workers as well as seaman, while unseaworthiness is a cause of action generally reserved for seamen. Unsafe working conditions may include inadequate medical supplies, poor health conditions in the galley, exhausted crewmembers, and lack of security. The difference between unsafe working conditions and unseaworthiness may matter when it comes to filing your maritime injury claim. It is recommended you hire an experienced maritime injury attorney to guide your case through the complicated maritime civil process. The attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP serve the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Washington, California, Oregon, and Alaska and are ready to help you attain the compensation you deserve. Call 1 (800) 262-8529 today for a free no obligations consultation.

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Maritime Examples of Unsafe Working Conditions in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska

Without the proper safety procedures, both onshore operations and operations at sea can place maritime workers at risk. It is crucial for all maritime employers to avoid injury to their employees by implementing preventative measures to protect from unsafe working conditions such as the following:

  • Defective rigging
  • Defective machinery and tools
  • Inadequate or absence of safety and protective gear
  • Failure to implement evacuation procedures
  • Slippery work surfaces
  • Improper operation and navigation of vessel (such as going too fast for conditions)
  • Steps and ladders at a steep angle and without grip strips or handrails
  • Insufficient crew and/or insufficient rest hours
  • Inadequate procedural and safety training of crewmembers
  • Failure to conduct regular safety inspections

Any of these circumstances constitute a violation of the duty of care a maritime company owes its employees and therefore, makes the employer negligent if they knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe working conditions and failed to correct them. A qualified maritime injury attorney in Seattle, Bellingham, Portland, and San Francisco can help you appeal the situation directly to your maritime employer, or if you suffer injury, attain maximum compensation under the Jones Act or other maritime compensation law.

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Recoverable Damages for Maritime Injuries Sustained in Unsafe Work Conditions

Maritime employers have a responsibility to their employees to provide reasonably safe working conditions under the circumstances, whether the employee is a merchant mariner, longshoreman, harbor worker, commercial fishermen, officer, or deckhand. If a maritime employee suffers injury shoreside or at sea due to negligent, unsafe working conditions, that maritime company could be responsible for paying compensation for the following damages:

  • Expanded maintenance and cure
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced or eliminated earning capacity
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement

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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP | Lawyers for Maritime Employees Injured in Unsafe Working Conditions

If you have suffered an injury due to unsafe working conditions caused by the negligence of your maritime employer, let the experienced Washington, California, Alaska, and Oregon maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP with offices in Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco fight for you. With years of experience, we know what factors into a successful maritime civil case and how to appropriately pursue the damages you deserve. Your first consultation with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 and schedule yours today.

This article was last updated on Friday, September 14, 2018.

  • The Maritime Law Association of The United States
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