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Water tubing accidents often cause face and head injuries

Anyone who has gone water tubing knows just how exciting it can be -- at least, until that first big crash. That's when it can get very dangerous, even in a relatively controlled environment.

Often, these accidents lead to face and head injuries, both of which can be very traumatic and may have a lasting impact for years to come. Some severe injuries may even be fatal. In addition, suffering head injuries while in the water puts someone at greater risk of drowning.

Defendant's suicide ends criminal case in boating deaths

When an accident occurs due to someone's negligence and people die, there can be no winners. No consequences can ever bring back the lost loved ones or undo the pain of losing them.

At that point, one of the only options is to let due process play out and hope that the guilty party will be convicted in court. But one Florida family has been denied that resolution by a defendant's suicide.

A cruise ship is the perfect setting for a slip-and-fall accident

When you step foot on a cruise ship, the last thing you're thinking about is injuring yourself in an accident. Unfortunately, even if you're doing your part to stay safe, you could suffer a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention.

You spend a good portion of your time on a cruise ship moving from one part of the vessel to the next. For example, you walk from your cabin to a restaurant several times per day. While this is all part of the experience, you need to pay close attention to any trip hazards.

3 tips for staying safe on personal watercraft

When visiting Florida and its gorgeous waters, a popular thing to do is to hop on personal watercraft.

For many, these watercraft (also called Jet Skis) offer a fun, new way to explore the water. While this is exciting, they also present unexpected challenges. Here are some useful tips for getting around safely on a personal watercraft (PWC):

Air quality on cruises : A hazard to your health?

Cruises are billed as hedonistic havens of fun activities and luxury accommodations. But a darker side to cruising emerges that the industry strives to conceal. There have been some high-profile cases in the news recently about passengers and staff members going overboard while the ships were at sea, but that's not the only concern.

Earlier this month, researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University released alarming results of their two-year undercover study of cruise ships' air quality.

Common injury risks to workers on cruise ships

Working on a cruise ship may feel like the perfect opportunity for world travelers. You get to see the world, have your lodging and food paid for and get to work while you vacation. What’s not to like?

Unfortunately, many workers find out there are some major occupational risks associated with working on a cruise ship.

The best way to prevent shipyard accidents: Training

Shipyard accidents happen every year in the United States, all along the coast, but that does not just mean that employers and shipyard workers have to accept the risk. There are things they can do to reduce the chances of an injury. They can protect themselves.

So, what is the best way to prevent these injuries? It's simple: Workers need to have proper training.

Which states have the most registered boats?

Boating is very popular across the United States, but geography alone dictates that some states have far more registered watercraft than others. Have you ever wondered which ones top the list?

When you look at multiple reports over the years, it's clear that Florida always ranks fairly highly. For instance, in one report, Florida came in at No. 3 overall, with 922,597 registered boats. That put it behind only California and Michigan, both of which topped 1,000,000 boats.

Watch out for slick floors on a cruise ship

When people think of cruise ship injuries, they often think of the big, catastrophic events: Someone falls overboard, the ship breaks down at sea or a massive storm catches the ship without any cover on the open water.

While these things do happen, it is important not to overlook the everyday dangers that you face on a cruise ship. It's not exactly the safest way to travel, and you could suffer some serious injuries even if there is no catastrophic event that makes the news.

The importance of a life jacket in a boating accident

If you're spending a day on the lake with your family, it's easy to feel like you don't need a life jacket. The boat is just drifting on relatively flat water. It's sunny, warm and calm. Everyone is relaxed and enjoying themselves. You want to stash your jacket under the seats, put your feet up and enjoy the day.

The problem is that you can't always predict when an accident will happen. Maybe it's a storm that comes up quickly. Maybe it's a rogue wave you don't see coming. Maybe it's another boater, intoxicated behind the wheel, who suddenly runs their craft into yours.

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