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Most common types of maritime accidents

Karns & Kerrison

Working in the maritime industry in Rhode Island can be a dangerous profession. There are many different ways that accidents can occur, and being aware of them can help you avoid being injured or killed. We at Karns & Kerrison not only work to educate you on the most common types of maritime accidents, but also strive to help you if become involved in one.

Marine Insights reports that one major danger that seaman face is explosions. Cargo ships and crude oil tankers often carry very flammable material that can cause devastating disasters. These accidents can also occur in offshore oil rigs. In most cases, explosions are caused by negligence from workers and mistakes.

Bad weather can also lead to major problems. Fisherman have been known to be swept overboard and cruise vessels have capsized because of severe weather conditions. This can be even more dangerous if crewmembers are under the influence of drugs and alcohol and required to make quick decisions during a storm.

Crane operations also require a high level of skill and simple mistakes can have deadly consequences. Ship drivers can also cause severe damage if the ship becomes grounded. The impact of the boat on the ocean-bed can sink ships and knock seamen into the ocean.

Sometimes, accidents occur before the ship has even set forth to sail. Dangers in shipyard occur not only from working with heavy machinery, but also because of the poisonous fumes that workers are constantly inhaling. To learn more about maritime accidents, visit our web page.


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