You may not realize it, but our economic prosperity as a country comes from our ability to move cargo on the water. Push boat workers move gas, oil, grain, coal, iron and other cargo quicker and cheaper on the water than by any other method. Trucks, trains and even pipelines are all more expensive, more dangerous and more inefficient than maritime transportation. Now, more than ever, we must insure the integrity of our system of inland waterways by investing in its infrastructure.
Although we do more than most to keep our inland waterways working, we can always do more as a country. We have to make sure that our government approves funding for upgrading and maintaining our locks, dams, canals, and channels. Designing newer and more technologically advanced tugs, cargo ships, and barges ensures that our ships do not become outdated. Most importantly, we have to make sure that our push boat workers are safe so they can continue working hard moving our country forward.
Maritime Laws for Push Boat Workers
Maritime workers in the United States enjoy the benefits of several important laws that protect them from maritime injuries. These laws also protect the environment and the maritime industry as whole. The Jones Act allows injured maritime workers to recover lost wages and other important benefits from their respective employers. The Seaman’s Protection Act protects push boat workers who report Coast Guard safety violations. General Maritime Law makes sure that tugs and barges remain seaworthy and safe. Our maritime laws also make sure that push boat operators provide their injured seamen with maintenance and cure. These laws help make our inland waterways safer and more efficient than anywhere else in the world.
At Lambert Zainey, we represent all types of push boat workers, including deckhands, tankermen, captains, pilots and mates. Our goal is to provide no-nonsense, confidential advice to push boat workers who have had a maritime injury and have questions about what to do next. When necessary, our maritime attorneys specialize in maximizing recovery under the various maritime laws.