FAILING TO MAINTAIN PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT
The Jones Act places very strict restrictions and laws on the condition of a vessel. A maritime employer must provide and maintain safe work environments for seamen. Almost any unsafe condition on a vessel can lead to liability under the Jones Act.
The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico prompted the Obama Administration to launch reforms of offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight. The reforms strengthen requirements of well design and workplace safety, corporate accountability, and help to ensure that the United States can safely and responsibly expand development of its energy resources.
The administration quickly launched the most aggressive campaign to enforce safety and conservation on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). In selecting Michael R. Bromwich to lead the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) in June 2010, President Barack Obama and Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar issued a mandate: to reform the government’s regulation of offshore energy development and the agency responsible for it. The Department of the Interior (DOI) and BOEMRE (now BSEE) made fundamental changes necessary to restore the American people’s confidence in the safety and environmental protection of oil and gas drilling and production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, ensuring that responsible oil and gas development continues.
Improving the Safety of Offshore Drilling
The bureau launched aggressive, comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight:
- BSEE imposed, for the first time, requirements that offshore operators maintain comprehensive safety and environmental programs. This includes performance-based standards for offshore drilling and production operations, including equipment, safety practices, environmental safeguards, and management oversight of operations and contractors. Companies will now have to develop and maintain a Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) per the new Workplace Safety Rule.
It is the responsibility of the seaman’s employer to insure that working conditions are safe and that adequate safety, training, and security measures have been put in place to prevent accidents. In the event that the seaman’s employer and/or the owner of the vessel are two different parties, the injured seaman or his/her family can file an unseaworthiness claim against the vessel owner for compensation.
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