In a somewhat comical news story, a cruise ship struck a bridge in Jacksonville, Florida recently, causing a major stir in the local community. Thankfully no one was hurt and it appears everything is now fine. But the accident will be investigated as officials try to figure out what went wrong.
While the following story did not occur here in Florida, or even the United States, it does exemplify the dangers of working at, or being around, shipyards. Three people were injured in a shipyard accident after a burst of steam burned them. Two of the injured people needed to be hospitalized as a result of their burns, while the third injured victim was treated at the site of the shipyard accident.
Under the Jones Act, injured seamen are entitled to certain benefits, regardless of whether the ship's owner or operator was at fault. The injury could occur at sea or while the seaman is performing work-related duties on land.
In the state of Florida, recreational boating is a massive hobby and lifestyle that many people love. Really any coastal state will see a robust recreational boating community, and many inland states have such communities too. Being out on the water and enjoying a sunny afternoon is a privilege, and those who fully embrace this are certainly content with their decision.
A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about how we can help workers at sea and crew members on boats and shipping vessels to fulfill their Jones Act and unseaworthiness claims. In that post, we talked about how the Jones Act protects workers, seamen and other people working in maritime industries from unsafe conditions and negligent employers.