You work as a team with the rest of the vessel’s crew, and you’ve shared a lot of experiences together—both good and bad. You depend on your coworkers for a lot when you’re at sea, and you know how important it is for all of you to work together to keep each other safe in one of the most dangerous working environments in the world. However, sometimes things go wrong.
Even when you perform your own job safely, you can be at risk when someone else isn’t following the rules or prepared for the job. Men and women who work on vessels around the world end up getting seriously hurt due to:
- Negligence of a coworker. If a coworker is reckless or negligent in performing his or her job, serious accidents can happen. Even managers and supervisors can act negligently when they encourage crews to engage in unsafe behavior or turn a blind eye to potential problems.
- Assault by a coworker. Working on board a vessel can be stressful, and employees aren’t always properly screened before they’re hired. When someone becomes violent while you’re out on the water, it can turn ugly very quickly.
- Improper training of a coworker. Even when everyone on the crew is careful and conscientious, accidents still happen when they haven’t been trained properly. Whether they’re new to the industry, haven’t received training for operating specialized equipment, or aren’t sure how to use safety equipment, that lack of training can become a serious risk.
An employer may not be able to control everything an employee decides to do, but employers can take reasonable steps to make sure the people they hire to work on a vessel are appropriately screened, supervised, and trained for the job. If coworker made a mistake or caused an accident that led to you getting seriously hurt, take steps to learn more about your rights by calling our law office at 877-724-7800.