Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in March

Tragically, marine accidents are an all-too-common incident. In many cases, these accidents are caused by a dangerous weather condition, or by human error such as employer or worker negligence or distraction. Unfortunately, there are also times when these terrible accidents occur because a captain or worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs . For example, in 1989 an accident known as the ...
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While on the Noble Don Taylor , a floorhand severely injured his back while removing clamps on the drillship. To make matters worse, the company sent him back to work before he was fully healed. Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our dedicated maritime lawyers, Cory Itkin, Jason Itkin, and Noah Wexler, have just filed a Jones Act case on his behalf in Harris County, Texas. The injured ...
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What Causes Maritime Accidents to Occur?

Years of research and numerous statistics show that the offshore industry is responsible for some of the most dangerous work environments in the world. Every day, offshore workers are put at serious risk as they show up for work in environments that are often life-threatening—facing the alarming reality that they could sustain injury or death if applicable standards and work regulations are not ...
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Southeastern Louisiana is home to one of the largest and perhaps most recognizable ports in the United States. The Port of New Orleans sits on the end of the Mississippi just 100 miles from where the river meets the Gulf of Mexico, making it a massively valuable and high volume port. The city itself thrives on both its maritime history and current industry and even includes a famous riverwalk ...
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Employers for offshore workers have a responsibility to keep their workers safe. That means building and maintaining safe facilities. When an injured worker came to us, he had a fractured back after suffering a major fall while working offshore. During our investigation, we realized that the place where he had fallen was missing a vital piece of safety equipment: railing. During the process ...
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Early on Saturday at approximately 5:15 a.m., a 90-foot tugboat named the Specialist collided with a construction barge on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge. At the time of the incident, the tug, which had departed from Albany, had been steering a barge carrying a crane to Jersey City. According to a police spokesman, the tug struck a fixed construction barge that had been underneath the ...
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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has reported a fatal accident occurred on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans. According to one spokeswoman, the fatality occurred in Green Canyon Block 18, which is an area known for being abundant in oil fields. Currently, BP, Anadarko Petroleum, and Shell all operate in that area. The ...
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Many countries throughout North America and Europe remain stuck in a widespread economic downturn, with unemployment rates that stubbornly persist at all-time highs. As the situation grows increasingly dire, more and more workers may consider the possibility of going abroad to find work. One popular destination for oil, shipping, and offshore production work is the coastal areas of Africa, ...
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The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) was passed in August of 1954 as a way to govern activity that occurs on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The OCS is the submerged land, subsoil, and seabed outside of state coastal waters, which lies within the jurisdiction of the federal government. When Can Non-Seamen Pursue Injury Compensation Under LHWCA? Under §1333(c) of OCSLA, a non-seaman ...
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Passenger Missing from Royal Caribbean Cruise

Currently, Coast Guard crews are searching for a 46-year-old man who is believed to have fallen 100 feet overboard from the Navigator of the Seas , a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, sailing off the Florida coast. It was reported by the cruise line at 11 p.m. on Friday that a guest on the ship had seen a man falling from a balcony. That, however, all that is known about the circumstances around the ...
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TOTE has reached settlements with four more families connected to the sunken cargo ship, El Faro . Last October, 33 crew members were killed when the vessel sunk after losing propulsion in Hurricane Joaquin. During hearings it was discovered that the ship owners, TOTE, knew about the storm, the ship’s past engine problems, and had alternative routes that the cargo ship could have taken to avoid ...
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History of the Port of Decatur

The Port of Decatur is located along the Tennessee River in northern Alabama and is known for being the busiest port on the entire river. It has a riverfront of over 2,000 feet, approximately 12 acres of open storage, 90 fleeting spots, and a US Coast Guard Facility on its premises. Its commodities include steel, pipe, sand, asphalt, coal, and dry fertilizers. Over the years, this highly ...
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