Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in December

After an offshore rigger was injured while working on a platform off the Louisiana coast, he sought Arnold & Itkin's help with his case. The man, from Thibodaux, Louisiana, suffered serious back and knee injuries after falling down a dangerous set of steps on the platform. Though there is always some assumed risk in offshore jobs, employers are still required to maintain a safe workplace for all ...
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The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) compensates longshore, harbor, and maritime employees who are not seamen and who are injured while working or contract an illness on the job. In cases when the offshore injury or illness results in death, the Office of Worker Compensation Plans, the division of the Department of Labor that administers the Longshore Act, provides death or ...
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Approximately 10,000 American commercial and government divers face a relatively high risk of serious injury or death while on the job. Some say that the existing diving safety standards enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) do not adequately reflect the advances in diving system technology and equipment. Professional commercial divers face major dangers every day. ...
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Jones Act, Commercial Fishing
Commercial fishing is not only one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, it also carries a high risk of injury in other countries. A recent Transportation Safety Board of Canada report on the commercial fishing industry listed the 10 greatest hazards to people who fish for a living. The main three topics were: Lifesaving appliances – The improper design, fit, use, or maintenance ...
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Offshore Injuries

Medical Dangers in Icy Cold Waters

Working offshore on oil rigs or aboard ships and other vessels can be extremely dangerous—not only because of the hazards associated with the jobs, but also as a result of the frigid waters they work around. Plunging into the icy cold waters can be extremely dangerous even to the healthiest of people. When someone is dropped into freezing waters, the body reacts instantly. Immersion in frigid ...
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Oil Spill

Oil Spill Liability Cap Boosted by BOEM

On December 11, the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) boosted the previous liability limit on oil spills from $75 million to $134 million. This came four years after the tragic Deepwater Horizon incident, which served to prove just how pricy major oil spills can be. Currently, companies are required under the law to pay for the clean-up after a spill; the new boosted ...
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Jones Act, Maritime Law
When an injury occurs at sea, offshore workers have legal rights and the ability to seek compensation under the Jones Act . However, it may be difficult to determine where to file a claim after an incident. Although the Jones Act itself is a federal statute, a Jones Act claim can be filed in either state or federal court. For injured seamen, they can benefit from the "savings to suitors clause," ...
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Work aboard commercial fishing vessels can be extremely dangerous. In fact, a new research study from Oregon State University compiled data regarding injuries aboard vessels operating off the Alaskan coast. It was found that nearly half of injuries that occurred aboard commercial freezer-trawlers and approximately a quarter of injuries sustained aboard freezer-longliner vessels were linked to the ...
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