Top four accidents that can happen on a ship’s deck

August 16, 2022 | Personal Injury

When it comes to personal injury accidents in Florida, few places are more dangerous than a ship’s deck. There are many potential hazards that can lead to an accident.

Slipping and falling

This can happen due to wet or oily conditions as well as loose debris. Slipping and falling can often lead to serious personal injuries, such as broken bones or head injuries. To avoid this type of accident, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and to wear proper footwear.

Falling overboard

Falling overboard is one of the most dangerous accidents that can occur on a ship. It can happen due to rough seas, poor weather conditions, or simply by losing your balance.

If you fall overboard, the chances of being rescued are slim although this depends on the size of the ship, the weather conditions and whether or not someone sees you fall. Some of the injuries that can occur from falling overboard include broken bones, hypothermia and drowning.

To avoid falling overboard, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and to stay away from the edge of the ship. You should also wear a life jacket at all times.


Fires onboard a ship can be very dangerous. They can spread quickly and often lead to serious injuries or even death.

To avoid a fire onboard a ship, it is important to be aware of the potential hazards and to take precautions such as not smoking in areas where there is a risk of fire. It is also important to know the location of the fire extinguishers and to know how to use them.


Collisions can happen due to bad weather conditions, poor visibility or simply by not paying attention. Collisions can often lead to serious injuries or even death. To avoid a collision, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and to obey the rules set by the ship.

In conclusion, there are many potential hazards that can lead to an accident on a ship’s deck. If you work on a ship or spend time near one, it is important to be aware of these dangers and take steps to avoid them.

Jared K. Newman Esq. is the Managing Partner of the Personal Injury division at South Florida Law, PLLC. Mr. Newman is an experienced civil litigation attorney who has dedicated his practice to representing those injured while driving, walking, at work or elsewhere due to the negligence of others. He is an experienced advocate for his clients against insurance companies that refuse to pay fair and just compensation for the injuries caused by their insureds. His expertise in litigation rounds out the capabilities that form the personal injury practice area of the firm. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, he received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Mr. Newman has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2010.