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What Are the Guidelines and Restrictions Under the Death on High Seas Act?

Also known as the DOHSA, the Death on High Seas Act is an important maritime law that all maritime workers should be aware of. It was enacted by the US government in 1920 in order to give financial compensation to any families of shipmen who have died while being on duty. There have been other important amendments added to this law since its enactment, and the law remains an important law for seamen today. What Are the Additional Amendments to the DOHSA? In the year 2000, a vital amendment was added to the DOHSA. This amendment included any monetary claims for lives lost in aircraft accidents and disasters. In addition to these monetary claims, further amendments allow relatives and other members of the family of the deceased to claim compensation for any trauma and/or mental grief that they also experienced. What Are the Specific Terms Under the DOHSA? The incident…
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What Are the Most Common Types of Maritime Accidents?

When all safety protocols are followed and all workers are properly trained, the maritime industry should not be any more dangerous than any other. However, heavy equipment, chemical exposure and simply working on the open ocean offer hazards that can cause devastating accidents. Here are some of the most common types of maritime accidents and an explanation of what to do if you become a victim. Offshore oil rig accidents. Oil industry workers are exposed to a wide variety of dangers, including explosions, chemical exposure, heavy equipment malfunctions and even hazards as simple as slippery floors and catwalks. Oil rig mishaps often lead to high-profile disasters, including the well-known Deepwater Horizon explosion and smaller disasters like the recent Lake Pontchartrain oil platform explosion. Commercial fishing mishaps. Commercial fishing is one of the most hazardous industries. Inexperienced or negligent fishermen can cause incidents that lead to mass injury and even death….
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Man Overboard! Protection Against MOB Accidents in the Maritime Industry

What protections do maritime workers have to prevent man overboard accidents? What safety precautions exist to rescue workers who fall overboard? According to the International Maritime Organization, the most important element for a successful man overboard (MOB) recovery is early detection. If even a few short minutes pass after a MOB, rescue can become problematic. As a matter of fact, most MOB deaths occur in broad daylight in calm seas. Research from the BoatUS Foundation found that from 2003 to 2007, 749 of 3,133 boating fatalities were MOB deaths. Of those, 76 percent occurred during the day and 90 percent occurred in calm weather with less than one foot of waves. As the seas see more and more travel, MOB accidents have increased. What technology exists to detect MOB events and rescue the victims before it is too late? Man Overboard Tech Many ships are equipped with GPS plotters outfitted…
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