Shipyards are hectic and dangerous workplaces. Workers are commonly found repairing, overhauling, dismantling, and scrapping vessels. This can involve heavy materials, dangerous equipment, and even hazardous chemicals. While shipyard workers perform essential jobs to keep commercial fleets afloat, their work can be physically straining and dangerous, making them serious susceptible to injuries and accidents.
Were you injured while working in a shipyard? You can call on the experienced maritime injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin for caring and reliable counsel. We have represented countless clients with serious, life-altering injuries who not only needed long-term medical care; they needed financial support to cover their inability to make a living.
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Whether you are a shipyard worker, longshoreman, harbor worker, or dock worker, we understand the complexities and legalities of your case. Let us help you fight for the expenses you are owed!
There are a variety of different dangers that can be found in shipyards, which is why OSHA has very strict rules and regulations on how they are to be run. In addition to signs, chemical level precautions, and the requirements of personal protective equipment, all shipyards must have an emergency rescue team prepared to promptly respond for service when needed. OSHA also requires that employers train all workers on how to enter confined and enclosed spaces at the shipyard and assess the dangers associated with this action.
OSHA also regulates all shipyard activities involving:
Since there are many flammable and combustible materials commonly transported in and around shipyards, owners must do their best to reduce the possibility of toxic, corrosive, irritating, and fumigating atmospheres. Employers also need to ensure that workers are getting the oxygen content that they need to help prevent injury or death, as many jobs must be performed in tight quarters.
The repairing and refitting of ships involves welding, grinding, and torch cutting. Welding poses a danger of explosions and serious burns. Other injuries these workers may suffer include spinal cord injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, and even loss of limb. From falling objects to falling off ladders, there are countless risks for shipyard workers when on the job.
Other common injuries include toxic fume poisoning due to working in a confined space for too long, lacerations due to sharp materials, and burns due to shipyard fires.
If you have been injured in a shipyard accident, you owe it to yourself and your family to understand your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation if your maritime injury was caused by the negligence or reckless actions of others, including shipyard owners, contractors, and employers.
The award-winning maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP know how to use the Jones Act and other maritime laws to protect the legal rights of injured workers. We can review your case and help you pursue effective action. With our proven record of success behind your case, you can be confident in your ability to retain fair compensation.
Now is the time to discuss your case with an advocate you can trust. Contact Arnold & Itkin today!
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