Cruise ship accidents can happen under a variety of circumstances and can affect a number of different people. Passengers can be affected by dangerous conditions; crew members can be hurt due to negligent standards or non-compliance with safety standards; and the ship itself can crash as a result of operator error or a technical malfunction with the ship itself. These are just three factors that can be involved in any cruise ship accident.
Last week, there were reports coming out of Azerbaijan that an oil rig accident had claimed the life of at least one worker and that nine others fell into the sea after the collapse of part o the rig. Part of the platform broke off in extremely high winds (90 miles per hour) leading to five people who were working on that particular area falling off the rig. Another five people were in a nearby cabin, according to the report, which fell as a result of the collapse as well.
An accident over in Denmark between two vessels prompted a brief investigation, though thankfully it was determined that both vessels were cleared to operate. No one was hurt in the collision, and it appears that no significant damage was done. But what happened?
Imagine that you work on a ship, vessel, oil rig or other maritime structure. Many days will go exactly as you and your employer plan. But every once in awhile, the expectations of the day aren't fulfilled because of a dangerous condition on the vessel or structure. Maybe a mechanical failure caused serious injuries to workers; or a wet substance caused someone to slip and fall; or just an obvious dangerous condition left someone in severe pain.