Many Florida residents have set foot upon a boat or ship and know that they can be dangerous places to be in as a passenger, let alone as a worker. The rocking of the vessel as it travels across the water is sometimes enough to make a person go off balance and fall. In addition, water can enter the boat, causing slippery floors. One Texas man is suing his employer after he injured his back while working on a vessel.
The accident occurred Oct. 16 while the man was working on a dredge vessel for RLB Contracting. The boat collided with the dredge, causing it to shift. The man was working in the engine room when the accident occurred. He claims the floor was slippery due to oil slicks and there was no grating, making the floor difficult to walk on. He also says there was inadequate lighting, so he could not see well. The man ended up slipping and falling, causing injury to his lower back.