Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in October

10 30
Accidents can happen to fishermen, oil rig workers, cruise ship crewmembers, and all other offshore workers who venture out to sea. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act , regulates many topics related to maritime commerce and travel in U.S. waters. This legislation provides specific coverage for those who have been injured at sea to seek out compensation from certain ...
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10 27

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Maritime Law, Oil Companies
The oil and gas industry is constantly growing in the U.S., and one of the biggest hubs of activity and growth is the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Energy Information Administration states that offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico accounts for 23% of America's crude oil production, along with 7% of natural gas. New wells are constantly being researched, providing an opportunity for those ...
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10 23

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Jones Act

Ferry Accidents Reveal Potential Dangers

In cities, ports, and waterways across the world, ferries are commonly used to quickly transport passengers and cars. Their relatively slow speeds and mundane trips make them seem infallibly safe, but several incidents over the past decades have proven that negligence can lead to fatal disasters on ferries. The most recent of these events took place in South Korea in April of 2014, when a ferry ...
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10 22
Ensco has confirmed that two oil rig workers were killed while performing maintenance on a lifeboat onboard an oil rig; the Ensco 104 rig had been chartered to SapuraKencana off Malaysia. At the time of the accident, both workers had been performing a routine inspection of the lifeboat. It is believed that the accident occurred approximately 152 nautical miles off Kerteh beach at 11:00 p.m. local ...
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10 20
While most people know that personal injuries are often eligible for compensation, some may not know that certain circumstances change the laws applicable to these claims. When an injury occurs on water, it can fall under the jurisdiction of the Jones Act and other maritime laws. Crewmen of tug boats, riverboats, barges, and tankers, as well as passengers, can be injured in a number of ways while ...
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Open waters present many inherent dangers to those sailing them, but one often overlooked danger is the risk involved in transferring crewmembers to and from a vessel. Whether a person is being removed from a ship during an emergency or they are simply starting a work shift, personnel moves can happen in a number of ways, all of which come with potential hazards. Helicopters can often be used on ...
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10 15

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Oil Spill, Offshore Accidents

Two Boats Sink in Middle Ship Channel

On Monday at approximately 10:46 p.m., 2 vessels (a 52-foot towing vessel named Delta Amber and a 26-foot dredging vessel named Nicholas) sunk in Mobile Ship Channel, just north of Gaillard Island. The crew of Miss Sammy Lee reported the incident to the U.S. Coast Guard and were responsible for rescuing the crews of both sunken vessels. Later, the crewmembers of Delta Amber and Nicholas were ...
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10 9

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Arnold & Itkin News
The offshore injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit on behalf on a Louisiana resident who was injured while working on a drill ship. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries to his wrist after being instructed to repair an oxygen line on the drill ship using the wrong equipment and parts. As a result of the injuries, the plaintiff has had multiple surgeries and has been unable to return ...
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10 3

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Helicopter Accidents

The Dangers of Offshore Helicopters

A common way to transport workers to and from offshore drilling rigs is by helicopter. Air travel is much quicker than traveling by boat and because helicopters have good maneuverability, they can easily land on drilling rigs that are equipped with helicopter pads. While helicopters offer a quick, convenient way to transport offshore workers, there are dangers and safety issues to be considered. ...
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