While every job can have its challenges, work in the maritime industry can be especially demanding. Whether it is engineering, operating machinery or working close to choppy waters, the varying tasks -- as well as uncertain weather conditions -- make this line of work inevitably unpredictable. Californians with positions in tugboat work specifically may want to learn more about the direction the industry is headed in terms of safety.
California residents who work on towing vessels may be encouraged by the declining fatality rate of crew members. It is still important for them to be aware of the hazards of falling overboard, however, and to understand what they should do if this happens.