As a maritime worker, you know your job carries certain risks. But you should also know that your employer is obligated to ensure that your work environment is reasonably safe, and that you have the proper training and equipment to do the job.
If you are injured on a cruise ship, you should immediately retain counsel so that they can put the cruise line on notice to preserve that video evidence; otherwise, it will be destroyed. Although, if it is favorable evidence for the cruise line, rest assured that it will be preserved. However, if it is detrimental to the cruise line, it most assuredly will be destroyed after 30 days.
The Florida Fishing and Wildlife Conservation Commission has data on boating accidents all across the state of Florida, and its 2015 data is very interesting. It shows a stabilizing trend in the number of boating accidents -- but there are some very interesting statistics in the report.
About a month ago, we wrote a post about a terrible airboat accident that left 14 people with injuries. The wreck occurred here in Florida, but thankfully no one was killed in the crash. Today, though, we have a far more unfortunate airboat accident -- one that claimed two lives and left two other people with injuries.
It is always fun going out on the water with your new boat and enjoying a day of sun and waves. Nothing beats the feeling of some warm sunshine while being surrounded by friends on a beautiful day. However, that fun feeling can rapidly change if the operator of a boat isn't doing so in a safe manner. Unfortunately, it appears that this may have been the case in the Florida Keys recently as a new powerboat tipped over and left four people injured.
Cruise ships are not immune to the same accidents and injuries that can occur in other vehicles -- and, really, in any place around the world. People can slip and fall on a staircase, just as they can slip and fall on a cruise ship. People can get injured in a car crash, just as they can get injured if their cruise ship crashes. The operator of a boat or a car could act negligently, just as the captain of a cruise ship could act in a dangerous or negligent manner.