A Texas woman died after she fell from a ferry running between Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island on July 24, 2012. While the cause of her death is unknown, this accident emphasizes the risks of maritime transportation.
A few weeks ago, we blogged about the inherent dangers that miners, loggers and construction workers face in their day-to-day jobs. When you think about people that face death in their jobs, fisherman and farmers may not be the first thing that pops to mind.
This year, National Safe Boating Week comes just before summer's unofficial kick off: Memorial Day Weekend. And the three-day weekend often brings with it BBQs, bonfires and boating excursions.
For some, the recent tragic cruise ship accident of the Costa Concordia in Italy has echoes of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Of course, the circumstances were completely different, but with the death toll at 17 and a number of crew and passengers still missing, the Costa incident is proving to be one of the most fatal cruise liner accidents in recent history. Many are wondering how such tragic boating accidents can occur in such a modern day age. And while technology has made great strides since 1912, it has not eliminated such maritime disasters from occurring during the past 100 years.
As Jonathan Fahey reports for the Houston Chronicle, oil rig workers have dangerous jobs. Then again, most of us have vague notions that the job is dangerous. But sometimes it takes a piece like Fahey's to really bring to light exactly what oil rig workers face on a daily basis.
Tragedy struck the Houston Ship Channel last week when an industrial worker was caught under a crane.
On September 15, 2001, with the nation still reeling from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, tragedy struck again in a local Texas community.
Federal officials investigating the Deepwater Horizon incident released their investigation report in April, a year and two days after the deadly oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and injured another 17.
A Greek owned oil tanker, The Agean Angel, was making its way to Houston, Texas from Estonia when it endured two or three days of bad weather. According to survivors from the ship, the heavy conditions had been intermittent over the course of several days prior to the fatal maritime accident.