The maritime industry is currently seeing a boom in job opportunities, thanks in large part to the rise of e-commerce, globalization, and global warming. (The imminent threat of rising sea levels translates to future expansion and up-keep of waterways, such as the recent expansion of the Panama Canal).
There are plenty of benefits to having a maritime career: a six-figure salary without the accompanying student loans, travel opportunities, healthcare coverage, and a challenging work environment. But this same benefit - a challenging work environment - is also the industry’s greatest downfall. Simply put, maritime jobs are dangerous.
If you’re considering a career in the maritime industry, you’ll have to face the fact that the slightest mistake could cause you significant injury. While it’s true that a well-trained crew is less likely to make critical safety errors, accidents can and do happen.
Whether you’re a deckhand, longshoreman, oil rig driller, harbor pilot, ship engineer or medic, here are some of the dangers you’ll face over the course of your career:
Despite the risks, the time away from family and friends and the demanding pressures of the workplace, a job in the maritime industry is rewarding on many levels. Not only will it allow you to provide a better life for your family, you can feel good knowing you make a vital contribution to our nation’s economy.
If you find yourself injured on the job, an experienced maritime attorney can help you navigate the law and recover compensation. The attorneys at Pierce | Skrabanek have been serving seamen, longshoremen, deckhands, engineers and other maritime workers of Texas to get them the help they deserve when they’ve been hurt on the job. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation.