Despite ongoing supply chain issues through the St. Lawrence Seaway, third largest port in the world located in China’s recent closure, and traffic disruptions due to COVID-19, Great Lakes port officials recently announced that Great Lake ports experienced a busy cargo year in Fiscal Year 2021. A Workboat Article pointed out that Great Lakes ports “overall, cargo shipments via the Seaway between March 22 and November 30 totaled 33.3 million metric tons, a rise of 1.7% from 2020.” Port officials didn’t see delays or vessel congestion, even with the added challenge of the general decline in traditional cargos.
Of course, with this increase in activity at Great Lakes ports and potential for additional spikes, there is an associated rise in maritime accidents. Cargo ship crew, dock workers, crane operators, and other longshoremen are exposed to many work related hazards in this environment and working around water can lead to devasting injuries. Detroit maritime injuries attorney can assist with the legal process if you were hurt, but let’s look at some of the types of traumatic injuries and an overview of relevant maritime laws that may be helpful to you maritime workers.
Workplace dangers exist in every employment setting, but working around docks, cargo, mooring lines, motorized vehicles, port cranes and other heavy equipment put maritime workers at higher risk of serious injuries. The nature of the danger and injuries vary according to the position and job responsibilities, falling into three main categories:
Accidents at Michigan ports and related work areas are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), a statute that establishes a system for federal workers’ comp. While similar in some ways to Michigan law, the LHWCA offers additional advantages to qualifying workers. For instance:
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Get more information about your options after suffering injuries in a maritime accident, please call 866-HIRE-JOE or go online to reach The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm, PC. We can schedule a no-cost case review at our offices in Michigan or come to wherever you want us to meet you.