Offshore Injury Blog

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Boat Accident
With the broad expanses of the open ocean, relatively few vessels, and near-total visibility, you might think boats are less likely to collide with each other. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it never happens. For our clients, the wide open environment didn’t stop a shrimp boat from crashing into their vessel during a fishing trip. The three young men sustained serious injuries as a result. They ...
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Boat Accident
Most offshore injuries occur on the decks of oil rigs, industrial ships, and other vessels that employ work crews. When these crews are sent home for a break after their 14-day stretch, or are returning after a short period of relief, you might think their risk for injury is over. Sadly, that was not the case for Arnold & Itkin’s newest client. Our client—a young offshore worker—was a passenger ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
At Arnold & Itkin, we’ve always had exceptional attorneys on staff. We are always thrilled when our colleagues affirm what we already know about our team. So, we are thrilled to announce that Kurt Arnold , Cory Itkin , and Caj Boatright have been selected to the list for Best Lawyers® for 2017 for Admiralty and Maritime Law. This award is particularly special this year, as Caj Boatright is a ...
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Vessel vs. Platform

Offshore oil and gas production is complex, involving many different players and facets. Essentially, the industry involves two main tasks: extracting the materials and transferring them to a refinery to be prepared for marketing. These tasks involve two main types of different yet equally important equipment: vessels and platforms (rigs). Platforms are stationary structures while vessels are ...
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Arnold & Itkin News, El Faro
The judge overseeing the El Faro case has given all parties—the vessel owners and the plaintiffs holding them accountable—until May 7 th , 2018 to prepare arguments about why Tote should or shouldn’t have limited liability protection in this case. Below, we discuss the El Faro case, how Tote is arguing for limited liability, and why this court date matters. Why This Decision Matters to Us For ...
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Just before noon Tuesday morning, the crew of the Alaska Juris were faced with a terrible problem: Their ship was sinking. The 220-foot fishing vessel (specifically a factory trawler, which drags nets in order to catch fish) began taking on water in the late morning, on a day only notable for the heavy fog and low visibility. Otherwise, the weather and winds were calm. The Alaska Juris allegedly ...
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Danger of Falling Objects at Sea

Among the many dangers faced by offshore workers, a common cause of injury and even death is a fallen object. According to data from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), falling objects killed 422 workers in 2014 . This can range from a screwdriver dropped by a worker to machinery that comes loose from its rigging. Any falling object can cause severe injury, making safety ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Maritime law attorneys from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a Jones Act case on behalf of a seaman who sustained serious injuries to his back while working on a marine vessel. The man has been unable to work as a result of these serious injuries which would not have occurred but for the defendants’ reckless conduct. Arnold & Itkin LLP is honored that another offshore worker has trusted us to help ...
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Offshore oil and gas exploration is a lucrative business, but it also carries a number of unique hazards. Often, one wrong move or defective machine part can have a devastating impact on extraction efforts. With the ever-increasing race to extract minerals, the energy industry has unfortunately had to deal with several massive catastrophes. The blowout preventer (BOP) was cited as a major cause of ...
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Later this month, thousands of oil platforms on the United States coast will be subject to new regulations for reporting maintenance failure. Currently, oil rigs are not required to report equipment failure unless it meets certain conditions or affects environmental safety. In other words, rigs don’t have to report failing equipment until something terrible happens. Thankfully, that will soon ...
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Fatigue: The Silent Killer

There is no denying the importance of maritime workers in the global economy. Ships and other vessels transport over 90% of the world's goods, providing jobs for millions of maritime workers in the U.S. and abroad. Given the importance of the maritime industry, the need for safe working conditions for maritime and offshore workers should be a top priority. Yet, too often, accidents occur that ...
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It is common knowledge that the oil and gas industry is high-risk. Large equipment and volatile materials make accidents a very real possibility. When offshore accidents do happen, they are often catastrophic. In addition, just getting to offshore rigs can be dangerous for oil and gas industry workers. A large percentage of worker fatalities occur from helicopter crashes and other transportation ...
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The Risks of an Offshore Worker’s Job

Offshore drilling and mining have been instrumental in providing the United States with the natural resources it needs to sustain its economy and way of life. However, the inherent risks to every worker on an offshore project make it a dangerous industry to choose as a career. The threats to a worker's well-being include both physical injury and psychological trauma. This occupation requires an ...
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Drilling Rig Accident, News
The dangers of offshore drilling only exponentially increase as rigs drill deeper than they ever have before. In the frenetic search for new resources to relieve the scarcity of oil deposits, boundaries are being pushed, tested, and occasionally crossed altogether. As technology strives to keep up with the demand, offshore oil companies invest millions, even billions, into their rigs in order to ...
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