Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2018

Senator John McCain proposed an Open America’s Waters Act of 2017—this is Arizona Republican’s fourth effort to eliminate the Jones Act in the past eight years. The legislation appears to be a repeal of the U.S. trade protectionist law (46 US Code §55102) that restricts transportation of merchandise between U.S. ports and offshore U.S coastwise vessels. The Jones Act requires all goods shipped ...
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Recently, our blog comprehensively covered Bouchard Transportation's safety record —their history of ignoring serious vapor leaks, their culture of secrecy, and their high turnover rate that kept problems from being solved conclusively. All of these problems contributed to the barge explosion last October that killed two men. Our firm is representing the family of one of the men who died that ...
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Shell was fined £60,000 (almost $70,000) for health and safety breaches after a worker was struck by a cylinder and left severely injured at the platform, which was at the time undergoing decommissioning. The worker was severely injured while aboard the Brent Delta oil platform in the UK North Sea. The accident occurred when pressured nitrogen cylinder was discharged uncontrollably and as a result ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Seaman Injured on Tug

The offshore injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP have recently filed suit against Savage Inland Marine LLC on behalf of a Jones Act seaman. The worker suffered personal injuries while he was fulfilling his duties as directed aboard a tug known as Savage Mentor. Here, the seaman was exposed to abundant amounts of mold, making the Savage Mentor unseaworthy . Because of his exposure to mold, the ...
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Over the last two weeks, we posted two blogs regarding a barge that exploded near Port Aransas, taking the lives of two men. In the first blog, we discussed the beginning of the Coast Guard’s hearing regarding the incident, and then we explored the heartbreaking eyewitness testimony that emerged during the trial’s first week. This week, our law firm assisted the family of Jackson as we continued ...
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On October 20, ship engineer Timothy Lerette and a co-worker sailed into the dark waters of the Gulf to find his crewmates. He saw a lifejacket floating a short distance from the Bouchard-owned oil barge they worked on. He knew who it was: Du'jour Vanterpool, 26, one of two crewmembers working on the deck that night. He was dead. "We tried to retrieve him but he slipped out of his life jacket and ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP Jones Act lawyers Kurt Arnold, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis recently filed suit on behalf of a Texas offshore worker who was injured on the job. While performing his duties as instructed, the client was crushed by a large metal tile. This incident caused severe injuries that needed spinal surgery and will require ongoing medical care. Offshore work is an inherently dangerous job ...
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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Injured Tankerman

The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Texas tankerman who was injured while working on a tugboat. The seaman collapsed from heatstroke brought on by working in a harsh and unsafe environment. He lost consciousness, hurt his neck, and sustained a traumatic brain injury due to his fall. Offshore work is a dangerous occupation as it is; it is essential ...
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Last October, a fatal barge explosion occurred off the Port Aransas coast , killing two men. While one man’s body was found several days after the tragic incident, the second still has not be found. On November 2, our law firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of the presumed-dead sailor’s family. In that suit, we claimed that the company for which the decedent worked (Bouchard Transportation Company) had ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a new lawsuit today on behalf of an offshore oil rig worker who was struck by a piece of wire rope while working aboard the Noble Clyde Bordeaux. He sustained serious injuries to his face, jaw, and other parts of his body. The young man required emergency surgery to address his injuries, which were caused by the Defendants’ conduct and the unseaworthy condition of the ...
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After Years of Fighting, Injured Worker Sees Hope Our firm celebrates with an offshore worker who received justice as a result of an appeal. Earlier this week, a Texas appellate panel reinstated our client's $1,700,000 award against his employer. Our client was stripped of his rightful compensation when a lower court wrongfully categorized him as a "borrowed worker," barring his claims. In a 2-1 ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family who lost a loving husband and father in a tragic, but preventable, incident. Our client's loved one was working onboard a vessel off the coast of Angola when he suffered a massive heart attack. Sadly, he was unable to receive medical attention quickly enough to save him. Our offshore wrongful death lawyers have filed suit against ...
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Making Wells Safer: A Company Initiative

There are two components to worker safety on offshore drilling projects: personal safety and process safety. Personal safety obliges workers to be cautious and careful when performing their job duties. Process safety obliges supervisors and companies to manage the hazards that cause major accidents. Most of the time, these hazards involve the release of toxic or hazardous materials, the release of ...
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Oil Rig

How a Rig Prepares for a Hurricane

Despite being built to withstand the ocean's fury, hurricanes can be disastrous for oil rigs and offshore oil platforms. In the Gulf of Mexico alone, the industry relies on hundreds of rigs to shrug off the disastrous effects of multiple hurricanes every season. To compensate for the great strain put on these rigs by hurricanes, supervisors must follow strict processes and safety procedures to ...
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Yesterday we published a blog talking about the USS McCain accident of August 2017, which led to the deaths of 10 U.S. sailors off the coast of Singapore. The incident is back in the news as 10 families bring lawsuits against the owners of the Alnic, the merchant tanker that collided with the McCain. Our very own Cory Itkin represents 9 of the 10 families. Today, we round up the most notable ...
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Last August, the USS John McCain lost steering and veered into the path of a merchant tanker, the Alnic, off the coast of Singapore. The collision between the two ships led to the deaths of 10 US sailors. Now, the sailors' families are taking legal action against the tanker ship that killed their loved ones. What has complicated the situation is the release of two reports, each of which finds ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of a Mississippi River seaman who was injured because his vessel had a trap-door manhole cover. Our client stepped on it without realizing, causing a serious fall. He suffered injuries to his shoulder, arm, and other parts of his body. Injuries like this are more than an inconvenience. As a Chief Engineer, he was able to provide for his family of four before the ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a hardworking seaman who contracted a life-threatening respiratory illness two times while working aboard a cargo ship—the APL PHILLIPINES—out of Los Angeles, CA. Arnold & Itkin has filed suit against the ship’s owner and operator, both of whom owed our client a safe working environment free from toxic pathogens. In a context where most people are ...
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Royal Dutch Shell has begun production of its deepwater Kaikias well about 100 miles off the coast of New Orleans. They originally were to begin initial production in 2019 but have reached production-ready status a year early. The Kaikias development is in the Mars-Ursa basin and is owned jointly by Shell (80%) and MOEX North America LLC (20%). It's located in 4,500 feet of water and is drilled to ...
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Employer Negligence

Maritime Casualties Must be Reported

WIDESPREAD UNDERREPORTING OF MARITIME ACCIDENTS In a 2011 study published in Accident Analysis & Prevention, researchers concluded that 50% of accidents that occur at sea are never reported. For every accident that is reported, another occurs that we never hear about . Conducted for risk prevention management, the study recommended that risk analysis consultants plan for a large margin of ...
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Arnold & Itkin News, Jones Act
The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida seaman injured on a well intervention vessel. The roustabout had his hand crushed while working with cables. He needed his thumb amputated, in addition to sustaining other severe injuries. In a profession where a tight grip is necessary for virtually all tasks, losing a thumb is catastrophic. While working aboard ...
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May 22 Is National Maritime Day

Ever since 1607, the destiny of the United States has largely been decided on the seas. Of the original 13 colonies, 12 sat on the Atlantic coast, making each colony a seafaring state to varying degrees. Some of our nation’s greatest advancements depended on our ability to travel across the ocean—from our ability to trade with Britain, to our involvement in the World Wars hundreds of years later. ...
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Often, those who are injured while working on a vessel are not certain if they are covered under the Jones Act. To determine whether or not your case is eligible for a Jones Act claim, it is important to understand how a "vessel" is defined under the law. What Is a Jones Act Vessel? When it was first passed in the 1920s, the Jones Act covered a limited number of vessels. These vessels included ...
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Crane Accidents

Offshore Work Is Getting More Dangerous

The Downtrend in Crane Safety Crane safety is at its worst point in years. In 2015, the head of the federal offshore safety agency, Brian Salerno, revealed that crane incidents per installation have doubled over the last four years. “No one wants to face the family of a worker who dies or is severely injured because we didn’t do our jobs correctly, or because we failed to recognize that the risks ...
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Training for Well Workers

The vast majority of airline crashes have one thing in common. In 75% of commercial plane accidents, the crash occurred on the first day a flight crew had ever flown together. In another study, researchers found that if you put a heart surgeon with a new team, his mortality rate went back up. Why? Experts believe that skill and competence is team-specific—meaning the skill of an individual only ...
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