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Staying safe while operating personal watercraft

The combination of the Florida sun and glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico draws millions to the beaches each year. Many take the opportunity to rent or take out their own personal watercraft (PWC), including Jet Skis, Wave Runners and Sea Doos.

However, personal watercraft can be dangerous vessels for even the most practiced drivers. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that of the 4,291 boating accidents that occurred, 18 percent involved PWC. Familiarizing yourself with key safety precautions can contribute to the safety of both yourself and other boaters and swimmers.

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.

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