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Offshore Injuries
In recent years, the majority of offshore operators in the Gulf of Mexico have adopted a Stop Work Authority (SWA) policy. SWA gives every individual, no matter what their level of seniority, the responsibility and authority to stop work at any time if they notice an unsafe condition or act that could result in an undesirable event. But is this policy really meant to protect workers, or does it ...
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Costa Concordia
A shipwreck that occurred more than a month ago continues to plague the families, loved ones, friends, etc. of those who innocently lost their lives on the fateful day of January 13, 2012. The Costa Concordia cruise ship struck rock just off the shore of Isola del Giglio close to Italy and disaster immediately ensued. However, unlike other disasters that are catastrophic but short-lived, this one ...
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Whistleblower Claims

Speaking Up to Keep Our Land Clean

On a recent routine Coast Guard inspection of a Maltese cargo ship docked in Baltimore, a brave third engineer secretly passed a note to the chief inspector. Inside the note, he revealed that the crew of the boat were illegally dumping oily water and sludge overboard, a fact the Coast Guard officer would never have known without being explicitly told. The crewmember, now considered a ...
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Offshore Injuries, Jones Act
A Jones Act lawsuit was filed on behalf of an injured seaman who is blaming his employer for his ankle injury he sustained while being transported from a vessel to the shore. The suit is being filed against a number of companies, including National Response Corp., DRC Emergency Services, U.S. Environmental Services, International Offshore Services, International Construction Group, and Strad ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorney Kurt Arnold and two other attorneys from Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of a seaman who was injured while working on a vessel docked in Port Fourchon, Louisiana on October of 2011. The offshore worker lost his left hand after his hand made contact with a large and dangerous blade that was unprotected inside the vessel's stack gas room. The case was filed against Edison Chouest ...
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An individual was injured while working on a natural gas platform in the Matagorda Island Block in September 2011. Jason Itkin , Cory Itkin and Noah Wexler of Arnold & Itkin LLP filed suit on his behalf. The worker suffered extreme injuries to his knee, ankle, back and other parts of his body after a piece of deck grading was left unmarked and unsecured. The grading entrapped his leg and caused ...
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A Jones Act lawsuit was recently filed by Arnold & Itkin LLP maritime attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin on behalf of a Grambling, Louisiana man. This maritime worker was injured after falling while trying to use a make-shift stair case that had been welded to the deck of a jack up rig. The shoddy workmanship resulted in the steps not complying with OSHA or Coast Guard standards. The man's ...
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You might think most offshore injuries occur as a result of dramatic explosions or terrible fires, but the truth is much simpler. The majority of injuries to offshore workers are a result of slips, trips, and falls. These accidents are simple to prevent, but require operating companies to diligently maintain the safety of their walkways. Companies are legally responsible to keep walkways safe. ...
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Two Injured, One Killed Off Brazilian Coast

Recently off the coast of Brazil, an accident occurred on an oil rig which caused two serious injuries and one fatality to a rig hand. All three workers were attempting to board the rig from the boat that was bringing them to the site. The cause of the accident has been reported to the National Petroleum Agency after investigations by a technical committee, but it is not being publicly reported. ...
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On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon , a semi-submersible oil drilling rig owned by Transocean caused one of the largest oil spills in recordable history. Beyond this massive environmental impact, however, was the devastation that occurred to the workers who were employed on the rig at the time of the explosion. There were over 100 crewmembers who were on the rig – many of ...
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Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have filed a lawsuit in the Galveston County Court on behalf of an injured offshore worker who sustained a serious injury to his foot while at his jobsite. The injury occurred as a block weighing 67 pounds fell approximately 80 feet, crushing the foot of the Jones Act seaman. Consequently, the injured worker has undergone many surgical ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas on behalf of an injured seaman. Injured aboard a jack-up rig near the coast of Louisiana, the plaintiff is protected under the Jones Act and is currently working with this legal team to pursue the compensation that he deserves. He sustained serious neck and back injuries due ...
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