Louisiana’s unique location makes it a prime spot for maritime activities, such as shipping and fishing. Anything having to do with activities on the waterways in and around Louisiana fall under the jurisdiction of maritime law.
Many relevant issues come up when talking about maritime law. The most important of which have to do with workers on the waterways and their safety.
What does maritime law cover?
People who work on or around the water undertake risky conditions daily. Even on the nicest days, an injury can happen simply due to the slick surfaces of boats and docks. Maritime law helps protect workers who may become injured while performing their jobs.
Why are maritime workers at risk?
The CDC lists some of the factors that make maritime workers more prone to injury. Anytime someone works near or on water, there is an inherent risk of falling overboard. Since this can lead to drowning, anyone working in this environment has an inherent risk.
What are examples of injuries?
Some of the most common injuries boat, dock and oil rig workers experience are those related to falls. Trips, slips and falls often lead to back issues, head trauma and broken bones. Chemicals unique to boats and rigs may cause burns to the eyes, nose and skin, as well as illness. Inhaling noxious fumes over time can lead to respiratory illnesses, including cancer.
Maritime workers may make good wages for the risks they take, but in some instances, not remaining careful and adhering to safety standards may lead to a significant injury. This is where maritime law comes in.