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Dangers of working on the Mississippi River

| Jul 1, 2020 | Maritime Law |

If you work on a barge or other vessel that travels the waterways of the mighty Mississippi River, you know that your work is important to many areas of commerce not just in the region but in the nation. At the same time, you face unique risks when working on this big river and understanding how those risks may be changing as the river itself changes is important.

Evolution of the Mississippi River water levels

A report published in the Washington Post detailed how the water levels along the more than 2,300 feet of the Mississippi River’s path have been on the rise in recent years. While this may not sound serious, it could well be. Rising water levels may put more pressure on dams, levees and locks. More floods may be at risk of happening, putting area residents and people who work on the river in danger.

According to the Coast Guard News, the rip currents and eddies in the Mississippi River may be stronger and more dangerous as the water levels rise. Ensuring vessels are kept well maintained and stocked with all safety equipment is essential.

Antiquated systems need help

The Washington Post report also explained that many of the levees, dams and locks along the river are old and in need of repair or replacement.

If you would like to learn more about your rights and how to get help if you, a coworker or someone in your family have been involved in an incident while working on the Mississippi River, please feel free to visit the maritime worker’s rights page of our Louisiana maritime law website.