Workplace accidents are extremely common, whether the job site is on land in an office or offshore aboard a cruise ship. Occupational injuries and illnesses can occur due to a number of factors, but many times, they are the result of the employer’s inability to provide a safe working environment. Though failure to maintain safety at a job site is a problem that affects several industries and corporations, it is an especially serious and ongoing issue within the cruise industry.
Though maritime law requires cruise ship operators to abide by the highest safety standards, they often neglect to do so, resulting in crew member injuries. Sometimes a cruise operator fails to properly maintain equipment in proper and safe working condition, causing a crew member to become injured while using that particular piece of equipment. Other times, cruise operators fail to ensure their vessels are sanitized, leading a crew member to develop a potentially life-threatening illness.
So what can a crew member do if they are involved in an accident while in the service of their vessel?