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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Skye v. Maersk Line Limited (Dangerous Working Conditions)

William Skye claimed working conditions aboard the Maersk Sealand Pride damaged his heart and forced him into early retirement. He claimed conditions violated the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), which calls for restrictions on licensed seamen in the deck or engine departments of no more than eight hours of work per day. According to Skye, his daily job duties as Chief Mate consisted of standing two four-hour watches, then performing 38 additional job duties for a total of nearly 16 hours of work during a typical day. He claimed the strenuous work conditions caused left ventricular hypertrophy, a condition that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood, and hastened his retirement. A jury awarded Skye $2,088,549 to compensate for ten years of lost wages and $273,750 in non-economic damages; however, because the jury found that Skye was 75 percent responsible for his injuries, the damages were reduced to $590,575.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Final Judgment
5/18/2012
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
AP Moller-Maersk A/S $590,575
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 5/31/2012
Final Judgment 5/18/2012
Verdict 5/16/2012
Amended Complaint 8/5/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database