There are inherent cruise ship dangers that are exacerbated by the failure of those in charge to demand and expect discipline and competence among the staff members. This is generally because most cruise ship workers are not equal or suited to the tasks expected of them, or did not receive adequate training.
Cruise ships have recently dominated the news, unfortunately because a number of them have sunk or crashed, causing injuries to passengers and crew members alike. The most famous of recent ship wrecks was that of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, which sank on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people. It was suspected that Captain Francesco Schettino lost control of the ship when he deviated from the programmed route and ran it aground on Isola del Giglio in Tuscany. The Costa Concordia is currently in the midst of a salvaging project to finally get her out of the water after almost two years half-submerged.
Such dangerous incompetence demonstrated in the Costa Concordia is unfortunately quite common in foreign-registered cruise companies, although not usually so high up in the chain of command. These companies are not under the jurisdiction of the US and are therefore not subject to US safety rules and regulations. This leads to many incidents of
According to the WorkSTEPS website, pre-employment screening is important in determining the functional capability of a potential worker. This will in turn provide the company, or cruise ship, with staff that can competently and safely perform their tasks. In the long run, an efficient and capable pool of employees will translate to significant savings in operations as well as minimize cruise ship dangers that can lead to untoward incidents such as ships running aground. For anyone that has been involved in a cruise ship injury, an attorney from The Louis A. Vucci, PA may be able to provide more information about legal actions you or your family may be able to take.Read More