A coma is a state of unconsciousness in which the brain is functioning at a minimal level of alertness. Someone who is in a coma is unconscious and will not visibly respond to voices, sounds, or any sort of activity occurring in the surrounding environment. A coma may be caused by any of the following: trauma to the head, infection, or a lack of oxygen to the brain.
When at work or at play on the water, the likelihood of such a drastic injury seems minimal. However, poorly maintained boats or refinery walking decks can create dangerous conditions for passengers and employees alike. Slips or falls can lead to head-related injuries ranging in severity from concussions to comas, and it is the responsibility of ownership to provide a safe and secure work or recreational environment.