The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a mariner may not recover under the Jones Act for injuries allegedly incurred due to excessive work hours and an erratic sleep schedule.
Relying on a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (on which the Jones Act is based), the court held that the Jones Act addresses injuries “caused by physical invasions or menaces.”
The court found that work-related stress is not a peril covered by the Jones Act. The case is Skye v. Maersk Line, No. 12-16433 (11th Cir., May 15, 2014).
Reported in a recent edition of Wheelhouse Weekly, a newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. It has been reprinted with permission.