The American Waterways Operators (AWO) requires its members to follow general maritime laws and practices regarding marine operations, maintenance, and safety.
The AWO's program requires that companies, who belong to their organization, comply with certain safety regulations and obtain a third party audit to verify compliance with those AWO guidelines. Such regulations include adequately training workers, providing adequate lighting, and keeping the barges free of debris or gravel. An employer's failure to do such can lead to a finding of “unseaworthy" or negligence.
Laws specific to the maritime industry, such as the Jones Act, govern marine workers' rights. The Jones Act is somewhat similar to workers' compensation laws (although they follow different paths in the legal system) because it provides injured marine workers with payment of lost wages and medical expenses after a work-related injury. It allows marine workers to obtain damages from their employers for negligence of the ship-owner, captain, or fellow crewmembers.
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