Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in April

The Dangers of Underwater Welding

Underwater welding is a specialized type of welding that requires extensive training and unique skills. Underwater welders frequently work on offshore oil rigs and offshore pipelines when they are in need of repair. While the work can be very lucrative, it is arguably the most dangerous job in the country. According to one study, underwater welders have the highest fatality rate of any occupation. ...
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Much has been made recently about the improvements in safety that the oil industry has made since the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon explosion just over five years ago. That explosion and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that took nearly three months to be capped, cast doubt amongst the general public and federal regulators that the industry was ever truly prepared to prevent catastrophic ...
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Oil Rig, Offshore Safety
Five years ago today the country saw the most devastating offshore oil spill disaster in U.S. history. Now, as the memory of Deepwater Horizon is brought up again in the minds of those who work within the industry and suffered environmental effects alike, it is time to examine what has been done in those years since the accident. Improved Training Leads to No Measurable Benefits While many ...
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What Benefits Are Provided by the LHWCA?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides benefits and legal protections to roughly half a million maritime and offshore workers. Last month, we discussed how offshore workers can determine if they are covered by the LHWCA . Not all offshore workers qualify under the LHWCA, but those who do are entitled to certain benefits if they are injured on the job. What Benefits Are ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Maritime law attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed suit on behalf of an individual who contracted an extensive infection in his hands while working offshore. The infection required amputation of several of his fingers. The case was filed against Katie's Seafood, National Geographic Society, and The M/V Black Jack IV in Galveston County. We look forward to helping this individual and his ...
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Last month we wrote about another ship collision in the Houston ship channel . The collision between a bulk carrier and a chemical tanker released over 200,000 gallons of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) into the water and shut the ship channel down for three days. The collision has been under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which released its preliminary report ...
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It has been nearly 5 years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that took the lives of 11 workers and resulted in the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. In order to help prevent similar disasters in the future, federal regulators are set to introduce new regulations for offshore drilling. Improving the Reliability of Blowout Preventers The new regulations are ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Lawsuit Filed Against Transocean and BP

Maritime law attorneys from the team at Arnold & Itkin LLP have recently filed a lawsuit against Transocean and BP on behalf on an injured floorhand. This is not the first time that our team has filed cases against these companies. For example, we once secured a $350,000 settlement for a crane operator who had hurt his back while working offshore for Transocean. We also represented more than a ...
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On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a multiple ship collision on the Mississippi River. The collision occurred near Convent, Louisiana—about halfway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The collisions began when a 751 foot bulk carrier drifted down river after breaking free of its mooring. It first collided with a moored towing vessel. Several of the vessels crewmembers were ...
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Oil Companies, News
In a move that illustrates the weakening demand for deepwater drilling, BP has chosen to exit two ultra-deepwater floater contracts early in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The rigs in question were the following: ENSCO DS-4: 12,000 ft. DP Drillship (2010) West Sirius: 10,000 ft. Semisubmersible (2008) Both rigs had been working in the GOM and had proven to be extremely capable, meaning that the early ...
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Offshore work is not for the timid. Offshore workers face hazards each day that could result in serious injury or death if an accident were to occur. Injured offshore workers have special legal protections known as the Jones Act . The Jones Act provides compensation and benefits for maritime employees. If a worker is injured offshore, he or she can file a Jones Act lawsuit against his or her ...
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