Articles Posted in Cruise ship Excursion Negligence

ziplineA clear blue sky, a beautiful mountain or body of water – as Spring Break 2015 descends upon us, thoughts turn to outdoor fun – such as zip lining – which is a fun outdoor activity that while mostly safe, has inherent dangers as well.

A zip-line is a pulley attached to a cable that is often constructed of stainless steel.  The line is mounted on an incline and designed to have gravity move a participant from the top of the cable to the bottom by attaching to the free-moving pulley.  While zip lines have been used historically for mountain transportation, most often they are now installed as a sort of thrill entertainment.

Zip lining companies often take root in tourist destinations such as Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe.  Many operate out of the country, in areas that cater to American tourists, such as Cancun, Mexico.  Many injuries have occurred out of the country, however a fair number of American zip lining outfits have resulted in user injuries as well.

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Cruise ships have  been plagued with numerous safety issues.  In December 2014, Oceania cruises had 656 guests aboard a luxury cruise liner and was docked at the St. Lucia port when a fire broke out ultimately resulting in the death of three people.  Fortunately, the fire was contained in the engine room but sadly it claimed the lives of two contractors and one crew member before it was extinguished.  The investigation into the cause of this fire revealed that three bolts holding the fuel line supply flange that connects to the engine had loosened completely.  The remaining fourth bolt on the fuel line was fractured.  Ultimately, when the bolts failed the fuel oil sprayed out and ignited when it came into contact with the turbocharger components and/or the engine’s exhaust piping.

This is not the only recent instance of a fire on a cruise ship. Fires on cruise ships have become increasingly common.

In May 2013, a Royal Carribean cruise liner experienced a severe fire that took nearly four decks of the boat.  The boat had was headed to Bahamas, CocoCay when the blaze occurred. The fire occurred while in transit and workers were able to contain the blaze while the ship continued to cruise to port in Bahamas requiring the 2,224 passengers sleep on the deck.

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There are over 9 Million People a year who take cruise vacations. Occasionally, however, your vacation in the sun may be interrupted. You can find yourself on the deck after having suffered a serious fall.

Having a fractured hip can have very serious consequences for an elderly person and ships, especially those who cater to an older crowd, should take precautions to prevent accidents.

Although many ships have anti slip surfaces on their decks,  many have not updated

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