As a law firm with over 15 years’ experience, Accident Advice Helpline knows the dangers of almost all occupations, better than most. In this article we look into one of the most dangerous jobs a person can do, being part of the coast guard or search & rescue. The coast guard and search & rescue play a vital role in keeping Britain’s waters safe. Often faced with treacherous conditions, the coast guard & search and rescue display the utmost bravery and selflessness when rescuing those who have become stranded at sea.
What do the coast guard and search & rescue do?
Coast guards direct search & rescue operations should a person become lost or stranded at sea. They also play a vital role in preventing accidents by providing ships with accurate real-time weather reports and assisting boat owners with navigation, typically small boat owners. The coast guard also plays a vital role in reducing illegal activity by investigating smuggling. They also help to clean up pollution in the sea and provide geographical information on coastal erosion.
How likely is it to suffer an accident at work as part of the coast guard or search?
It’s extremely likely to suffer a work-related injury as a member of the coast guard. Coast guards work in appalling conditions, often involving working in severe storms and performing search & rescue operations in the freezing cold dead of night. Coast guards often work on cliffs so the danger of a fatal slip, trip or fall is greatly increased. It is also important to know that as part of their operations, the coast guards frequently come into contact with illegal activity such as smuggling, so there is a high risk of coming under attack from individuals involved in such operations.
Remember, accidents can happen in any work place, not just the coast guard and search and rescue. If you’ve been involved in an accident at your workplace within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information today on 0800 689 0500. Our lines are open 24/7 where a friendly and professional advisor is on hand to deal with your situation. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win-no-fee* basis and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claims that may be discussed.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown