Offshore Injury Blog

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Offshore Accidents

The Importance of Accurate Charts

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is a maritime research organization that works to create accurate charts so that maritime workers can be accurately informed of the environment that is around them. Those who work for the NOAA do everything from weather forecasting to water charting, and they do it so that maritime workers have reliable information that they can count on. NOAA is a ...
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Offshore Accidents, Oil Spill
On Thursday, Royal Dutch Shell was forced to shut in all wells that flowed to its Brutus platform on account of an oil spill that dumped approximately 2,100 barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. A company helicopter observed an oil sheen that stretched 2 by 13 miles in waters off the Louisiana coast on Thursday, notifying them of the spill. Once notified, the company pinpointed the leak and ...
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Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas emitted from internal combustion engines, like those found on many boats' electric generators and drive engines. Federal officials have discovered that emissions of carbon monoxide can reach lethal levels of concentration at the stern of houseboats and behind ski boats, cabin cruisers, and even personal watercraft. The highest levels of ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
While working aboard the Noble Globetrotter I, a seaman was struck by a pipe casing and sustained serious injuries to his foot, leg, and knee. After multiple surgeries, the injured seaman was sent back to work prematurely by his company. When the young man was unable to perform his duties due to his injuries, he was terminated by the company. Maritime Lawyers Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Noah ...
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Offshore Injuries, Oil Rig

The Exclusive Economic Zone & Drilling

An Exclusive Economic Zone is a region of the ocean just offshore that belongs to the state government onshore. This zone was declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 to include the waters 200 miles from the shore. In accordance with the International Law of the Sea, other countries also declared similar types of zones. As a result, each state has the ability to fully utilize and harvest the ...
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Offshore Injuries
Research advances and recent studies indicate that brainwaves may be able to control and even improve muscle function and movement in those that have been paralyzed. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, approximately 12,500 Americans sustain a spinal cord injury every year, making the need for improved rehabilitation a necessity. Currently, there are nearly 300,000 ...
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Boat Accident, News, El Faro
Though the voice data recorder discovery was a positive step in finding out more truth about the sinking of the El Faro , the actual retrieval will likely take up to several months. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the way the VDR and four-ton mass are oriented will create some complications. Brian Curtis, Director of the NTSB Office of Marine Safety commented, “It’s clear ...
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Boat Accident, News, El Faro
While the wreckage of the El Faro was found several months ago, there have still been many questions swirling around the cargo ship’s sinking that occurred last October . Investigators, family members, officials, and many others are hoping that the recently discovered voice data recorder (VDR) will provide more insight into the El Faro tragedy and even the missing closure that those involved are ...
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News
In 2012, Transocean was hired by Shell for 4 drillships for 10 years each. One of the drillships, the Deepwater Thalassa, started that contract a few months ago in February. Today, in an email to Offshore Energy Today, a spokesperson for Shell confirmed that the Transocean Deepwater Proteus, a newly built ultra-deepwater drillship, had arrived to the Gulf of Mexico. They went on to confirm that ...
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A tugboat capsized early Tuesday morning as it made its way along the San Jacinto River, which was rain-swollen due to the heavy down pour in the area. Of the five crewmembers on board the Ricky J Leboeuf, four were successfully rescued by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Marine Unit while the tugboat sank into the river. The fifth crewmember remained unaccounted for following the ...
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Employer Negligence

Maritime Casualties Must be Reported

The U.S. Coast Guard requires ship captains to report, "any occurrence on the navigable waters of the United States, or anywhere if a U.S. documented vessel is involved, which results in…an injury which requires professional medical treatment beyond first aid or death to any person." Failure to do so defies maritime law and may indicate an attempt by a ship operator to cover up a serious incident, ...
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Making Wells Safer: A Company Initiative

There are two components to worker safety on offshore drilling projects: personal safety and process safety. Personal safety means that workers must be cautious and careful when performing their workplace duties. Process safety means that workers and companies need to manage the hazards that can cause major accidents. Most of the time, these hazards involve the release of toxic or hazardous ...
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Oil Rig

How a Rig Prepares for a Hurricane

Hurricanes can be disastrous for oil rigs and offshore oil platforms. In the Gulf of Mexico alone, hundreds of rigs are expected to withstand the disastrous effects of numerous hurricanes that pass through its waters each season. To compensate for the great strain put on these rigs by hurricanes, safety measures and precautions must be carefully followed. Hurricane Preparation According to ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin has stepped up to represent a young man who was injured in an offshore accident . We filed a lawsuit on our client’s behalf after he sustained major injuries to his neck, back, shoulder, and various other areas of his body in a preventable workplace incident. He was directed to transfer from an offshore oil platform to a vessel during noticeably dangerous conditions. As a result, he ...
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