Coronavirus Restrictions Harm the Maritime Industry
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused the government to put restrictions on the maritime industry, which has ultimately harmed workers. Maritime workers rely on crew changes to maintain the health and protection of everyone on board. Due to the current travel restrictions, shipping crews are unable to travel to different ports. This leads to high stress levels and health problems, which could end in severe accidents on the water.
COVID-19 restrictions are different all over the world, depending on the severity of cases. Borders are being limited to specific government personnel, which is causing shipping companies to struggle with keeping supply chains operating. The only way for the maritime industry to survive is for the government to facilitate ship crew changes and for airlines to fly maritime workers to different destinations. If the airlines open for ship crews, they can fly home or replace other crew workers who are due for a break.
Maritime accidents can result in severe injuries and fatalities. There are specific laws that govern maritime accidents and seeking legal counsel may be necessary. There are over 1.2 million crew members at sea at a given time, so one accident can affect the lives of many workers. If changes are not made with COVID-19 restrictions regarding maritime workers, accidents will start to occur at a rapid pace.
How to Keep Maritime Workers Safe
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages maritime employees to follow all recommended safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines include:
- Washing hands frequently
- Not touching your face
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing
- Practicing social distancing
- Wearing facemasks when experiencing symptoms
- Avoiding all travel unless it is essential
- Sending home sick employees
For maritime employers, it can be challenging to follow CDC regulations due to the close quarters of the ship and working as a team rather than individually. If a crew member gets sick, it is likely that other workers will get sick as well. The COVID-19 virus is extremely contagious and could infect an entire ship crew if health and wellness regulations are not met. If a worker becomes injured or ill, it is beneficial to speak with a knowledgeable maritime injury lawyer to explore legal options.
Cape May Maritime Injury Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Help Workers Understand the Challenges of COVID-19
The COVID-19 virus and travel restrictions are affecting ship crews around the world, as well as the maritime industry. Travel is a necessity for maritime workers for health and safety reasons. If you were injured or contracted an illness at sea, our Cape May maritime injury lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. are prepared to handle your case. Call us at 888-999-1962 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Cape May and Wildwood.