Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in June

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An offshore worker was harmed when he was working with TransOcean on his first hitch out. According to court documents, the man was instructed on how to untie pipes on his vessel, but the way that he was taught to do the procedure was dangerous. When he acted as he was instructed, he got his leg lodged in a set of pipes. This caused him to suffer a severe knee injury. The injury is so bad that the ...
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An offshore roustabout worker lost his life when helping with P&A operations on the wells as they sought to decommission a production platform . Sadly, this entry level worker did not survive the severe injuries he endured from his workplace accident, and he will never be able to go home to his family again. As a result of the devastating accident, the U.S. Department of the Interior as well as ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Recently, a Louisiana offshore worker was involved in a terrible accident that occurred offshore. The incident did not cause the victim physical injuries, but as a result he suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This particular worker was diagnosed with this condition, and then attempted to go back to work out on the waters. After suffering from PTSD, he was no longer able to handle the rigors ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
A U.S. offshore injury worker suffered severe injuries after he was struck by a mooring line while working offshore. The man was stationed on a rig in the Gulf of Mexico where the accident occurred. As a result of the injury, the man was diagnosed with a variety of leg injuries, and eventually needed arthroscopic surgery to correct the problems. The man hired Arnold & Itkin to help him seek ...
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Jones Act, Arnold & Itkin News
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin were able to reach a settlement on behalf of an injured Jones Act seaman who sustain serious back injuries while working offshore for his employer. The injuries were so devastating that it required him to undergo surgery in order to repair the damages sustained on the job. According to the reports of the plaintiff, his ...
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Workers on offshore rigs can often be in danger, but they are isolated from the mainland and getting help quickly can be difficult. Sometimes communication is patchy in the ocean and in times when it is necessary to contact someone it may be almost impossible to do so. That is why new technologies such as off-rig BOP monitoring could be a great benefit to offshore workers and companies everywhere. ...
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In some coastal cities or on riverbeds, men and women set up restaurants, casinos, and entertainment houses on vessels in the water. Most of the time these vessels are stationary which means that they never sail through the harbor where they are docked. OSHA has jurisdiction over these vessels, but on water craft the safety measures are dictated by the U.S. Coast Guard. According to the OSHA 2010 ...
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A February safety alert by the Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) claims that a platform fatality offshore was caused by a number of violations on site. Their reports show that the workers were using a crane on the platform in order to place a generator that was located rig and place it on a vessel. Closely positioned by the lift were two tanks and a lubricator that was 14 feet ...
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Oil Rig, Offshore Accidents
Pipe handling is a crucial part of deep water drilling, but it can be a very dangerous occupation. In recent years, an employee was pipe handling at a drilling unit offshore when his head was caught between the pipe handler's lower travel assembly and the vertical support stanchion. This happened when the pipe handler was being taken across the pipe bay to the catwalk to retrieve a joint for the ...
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Maritime Law
According to OSHA documents, there are some significant changes that have taken place in recent years regarding maritime safety. OSHA had to change some of their policies when the United States Supreme Court ruled on Chao v. Mallard Bay Drilling, Inc. As well, OSHA altered some of their policies after the enforcement of the OSH Act. Now, there are rules that apply to towing vessels. Part of the ...
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Fall Protection at Marine Terminals

Marine terminals can be very dangerous, and there are many fall hazards at these locations. In many terminals, personnel platforms are attached to the container spreaders of container handling gantry cranes. With these cranes, workers are able to transport workers, tools, and equipment from container ships efficiently. While this method is practical, it is not always the safest. Workers can easily ...
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Cruise Ship Accidents

Chevron Tug Sinks off Coast of Nigeria

On May 26, a tug boat contracted by Chevron sunk in rough seas off the coast of Nigeria. The fate of its twelve person crew is uncertain as all men are still missing. According to a statement from Chevron Nigeria, the Jascon-4 capsized early in the morning when it encountered “heavy ocean swells” while “performing towing operations” at a mooring point around 30 kilometers off the coast of the ...
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Jones Act, Arnold & Itkin News

Suit Filed for Jones Act Injured Seaman

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have filed suit on behalf of an injured Jones Act seaman who was harmed in two incidents. The plaintiff experienced his first injury after his supervisor directed crew members to pull equipment up out of the water manually. During the equipment retrieval process, the plaintiff experienced a severe shoulder injury as his ...
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