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Why do boats catch on fire?

On a boat, a fire is terrifying and very dangerous. There is nowhere else to go. People can become trapped in a matter of seconds. With a boat that is out on the open ocean, a fire can quickly take lives. Even those who survive the fire itself can end up in serious danger while waiting for rescue.

While it is important to know how to react to fires on boats, it's perhaps even more important to understand why they happen in the first place. This may allow workers and crews to keep the fires from starting by eliminating potential sources and knowing what warning signs to look out for.

Driver fatigue linked to long hours on the road

There are many reasons for truck driver fatigue. In some cases, the drivers simply do not sleep all that well in their trucks, so they wake up tired before they even get on the road. In other cases, they have to work odd hours to take jobs, often breaking up their natural sleep cycle.

It's all dangerous. A truck driver who falls asleep at the wheel can cause a devastating accident. Even a driver who is merely exhausted, but who has not yet actively fallen asleep, maybe have slow reactions and make avoidable mistakes.

NTSB warns maritime employers to let workers sleep

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the federal government’s chief investigator of transportation accidents, has released its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Updated every two years, the list pinpoints dangers and publicly demands solutions. The list sometimes gets quick results.

The 2019–2020 report includes a “Top Ten List” of goals, including two especially vital to maritime workers. In addition to avoiding cellphone and other distractions, the NTSB vividly warns us to reduce accidents related to fatigue.

There is plenty to be wary of on your relaxing cruise

When you booked your cruise, you started thinking about calm days under the sun, the gentle rocking of the waves and a beautiful room to pass the time in on your way to exotic destinations. It sounded like a dream. Plus, since you wouldn't have to worry about transportation, meals, drinks, or anything else, you figured it would be relaxing in a way that most vacations never can be.

Hopefully that's the type of cruise you get, but the reality is that you face a fair amount of risks. Injuries happen more than people realize, and it's dangerous when they happen at sea. That trip could become anything but relaxing in a hurry.

Water-based pathogens can cause serious illness

If you get involved in some sort of accident in the water, whether it is a lake, a river or the ocean, you need to know that there could be serious complications. It depends what you get exposed to in the water itself. You may not think that your injuries are all that bad in the first place, but that could change in the future.

For instance, one woman in nearby Florida fell while she was at the beach. She scraped her leg. That sounds very minor, but she was then exposed to a flesh-eating bacteria, which was able to get into her body through the "minor" break in her skin. The bacterial infection was so severe that she eventually passed away.

We're closer than ever to self-driving trucks

One of the biggest risks with 18-wheelers is simply that most accidents come from human error. A driver can make any small mistake and injure or kill people. With their size, these trucks are even more dangerous to other drivers than passenger cars.

However, technology may be able to reduce some of that risk. Our readers have likely heard that tech companies are developing self-driving cars. They have been tested all over the United States in recent years, although no fully autonomous cars are on the market yet.

Crane collapses and federal law protects injured workers

A federal report on a crane collapse injuring three workers in Brownsville, has been released after a year of investigation.

The accident appears to be a good example of the kind of incident for which the Jones Act and perhaps the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) were created.

Could you get injured in a fight on a cruise ship?

While planning your cruise, you do what you can to educate yourself about the risks. You think about people who get injured after drinking too much, going on excursions or using the recreational devices on the ship. Even a simple slip and fall accident on a pool deck could lead to serious injuries. You top it off by considering people who have fallen overboard and determining what you can do to prevent such a tragic accident.

All of those are good things to consider, but they leave out one key element: Other passengers. When you have hundreds of people crammed into a small space, what are the odds that tempers will flare? If a fight breaks out, could you get injured?

What does it mean when someone flashes their lights at a truck?

You're driving down the interstate at night when a semi-truck passes you and another car. As it goes by, you notice the other car flash its headlights at the truck. It's just a quick flash, perhaps two in quick succession. The truck then flashes back with its taillights and changes lanes.

What just happened?

Offshore Shell platform accident takes two lives

Two workers are tragically dead after an accident on an offshore platform operating for the Shell Oil Company.

The platform, per reports, is technically called the Shell Auger Tension Leg Platform. It is out in the Gulf of Mexico, about 214 miles away from New Orleans to the south.

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