Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2019

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News, Offshore Safety
Since its creation in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has enforced safety regulations in the American workplace. When it comes to offshore renewable energy facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf, OSHA will be taking the backseat, and the Department of the Interior will oversee worker safety. In October, the DOI revealed that it leased about 1.7 million acres of the Outer ...
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Arnold & Itkin is currently representing a young man who sustained serious injuries while working on an offshore rig. Our client’s injuries occurred because of an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. He is suffering because of burns and injuries to his knee and other parts of his body. We filed this case against the large offshore drilling company that owned the rig our client was working on ...
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Common Sources of Shipyard Injuries

While maritime jobs such as offshore drilling have a reputation for being dangerous, many overlook the dangers associated with shipyard work. Shipyard workers weld, plumb, machine, use rigging, and work with a variety of chemicals. These facts make shipyard work one of the most dangerous professions in the maritime industry. Understanding the common shipyard dangers can help companies protect ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed a case on behalf of a man from Kaplan, Louisiana. Our client was working as a chef for an offshore company when he slipped and fell due to dangerous conditions on the ship. The man suffered serious injuries to his neck, back, shoulder, foot, and other parts of his body. These injuries have required our client to go through extensive medical treatments. Offshore employers have ...
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What to do After A Cruise Ship Accident

When we think of cruises, the fun associated with them is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Relaxation, great food, swimming, and onshore excursions are just a few of the things that most think of when it comes to cruises. Though they might be a haven for fun, cruise ships are immune to accidents. Various accidents can spoil the fun of a cruise. However, many accidents on a cruise ship ...
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Offshore workers suffer from severe accidents at a disproportionate amount when compared to the rest of the American workforce. Those who work offshore face the risk of suffering from a fatal accident which is seven times higher than other industries in the United States. These accidents occur for several reasons. Two-thirds of all offshore worker deaths are in the oil and gas industry. First, ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed a case on behalf of a man who was seriously injured while working offshore in the Philippines. As a result of the accident, our client suffered a torn meniscus that has inhibited his ability to work and will require extensive medical treatments. Our client is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Offshore employers have the responsibility to ensure that their vessel is safe and our ...
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Cruise ships have a reputation of being one of the safest ways to travel. These large luxury boats can carry thousands of people to global destinations. However, it’s difficult to know exactly how many accidents occur on cruise ships. The Department of Transportation only reports criminal activity on boats. Additionally, independent research has questioned the thoroughness of accident statistics ...
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A cargo ship tipped over off the coast of Georgia early Sunday morning, nearly capsizing. Crew members called for help at approximately 2 a.m. and responders arrived to find the large motor vehicle transporter Golden Rayon its side. The ship tipped over after listing heavily. It was departing from the Port of Brunswick after being loaded and unloaded by longshoremen. The vessel had 23 crew members ...
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How Common Are Cruise Ship Accidents?

Cruise ships are beloved by passengers for the escape they offer from everyday life. These large floating luxury hotels take a lot of effort to operate. The largest cruise ship in operation, Symphony of the Seas, carries 2,200 crewmembers and can have as many as 6,680 passengers. These ships are large, complicated, and have the ability to carry many people at once. So, safety must always receive ...
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Offshore work contains a plethora of dangers. Fires, explosions, falling overboard, collisions, and other serious accidents are associated with offshore work. However, there is one classification of injury that does not always receive enough attention: musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal injuries are serious, and offshore workers should know about the unique risks of their job. What Are ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Injured Tugboat Worker

Arnold & Itkin is currently representing a man who lives in Alpha, Florida. He sustained injuries while working on a tugboat in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Our client slipped and fell while on the vessel, causing severe injuries to his knee. The accident occurred because his employer failed to maintain safe working conditions on the boat. Our client’s employers had a responsibility to ensure that ...
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Case Filed for Injured Trip Pilot

Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , and Alison Baimbridge are currently representing a seaman from Washington who was severely injured while working on a vessel near Galveston, TX. The man was serving as a trip pilot when he fell backward while climbing a set of stairs. He fell more than 15 feet to the floor of the vessel's second deck, causing injuries to ...
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Case Filed for Injured Fisherman

Arnold & Itkin LLP Attorneys Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a case on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who suffered serious injuries while working as a commercial fisherman. The man was working as a fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico when he was struck in the head by a heavy piece of metal. He sustained injuries to his neck, back, head, and brain because of this accident. Our ...
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Case File for Worker Injured by Tank Explosion

Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , Joseph McGowin, and Alison Baimbridge filed a case on behalf of a Mississippi man who was severely injured while working on a vessel. An exploding tank caused our client's injuries. Maintenance and safety are two of the most essential aspects of offshore work. Vessel owners have a responsibility to ensure that their vessel ...
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Offshore Safety
Earlier this year, the current administration established plans to roll back safeguards created for the offshore industry after the Deepwater Horizon accident. The Deepwater Horizon accident is the most significant oil disaster in the history of United States offshore drilling operations. It claimed the lives of 11 workers, injured 17 more, and spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels into the ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed a suit on behalf of four men who were injured in Sunshine, Louisiana when a towboat crashed into a dock where the men were working. As a result, the men sustained serious injuries to their neck, back, and other parts of their bodies. Their injuries will require extensive medical bills and will have lasting repercussions. The towboat company has the responsibility to ensure ...
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How Transfers by Personnel Baskets Work

During offshore work, crews use many types of vessels, boats, rigs, and platforms. Since these machines and vessels are typically separate from each other, offshore workers need a way to transfer quickly between them. Transfers by personnel baskets are used to accomplish this task quickly. However, this method of transfer can be as dangerous as it is convenient, so it’s crucial that crews follow ...
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A young girl has died after she fell off a cruise ship in Puerto Rico. The 1 ½-year-old fell from the 11th floor of the Royal Caribbean cruise liner Freedom of the Seas at the Panamerican dock in San Juan. She was a child of an officer from the South Bend, Indiana Police Department, the department confirmed. The family was traveling with two other siblings and two sets of grandparents. "The ...
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On Sunday, two workers were killed after a training exercise accident on Royal Dutch Shell’s Auger Tension Leg Platform. An additional worker received treatment at a nearby hospital and was released. The incident occurred in the Gulf of Mexico’s deepwater, about 214 miles south of New Orleans. Officials from the United States Coast Guard and the Interior Department are currently investigating the ...
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Offshore Working & Hypothermia Injuries

Many offshore workers and their employers are aware of the risks of hypothermia while working in below-freezing temperatures. However, many in the maritime industry do not realize that this dangerous condition can be induced in above-freezing temperatures too. Learning the signs of hypothermia will improve working conditions and potentially save a life. What Is Hypothermia? Hypothermia occurs when ...
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Arnold & Itkin recently filed suit on behalf of a man who was seriously injured by the carelessness of the owner and operator of a large boat. Our client was standing on a wooden dock at the Houston Ship Channel when the defendant’s vessel crashed into it. Large vessels should never make contact with docks, and it’s the responsibility of their owners to prevent dangerous collisions such as this ...
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Jones Act, Maritime Law

Are Offshore Rigs Jones Act Vessels?

Before 2005, a Jones Act vessel had a narrow definition. Since the enactment of the Jones Act in 1920, most courts allowed Jones Act claims for more traditional vessels, or what most people would call ships. However, as offshore drilling technology transformed, so did the appearance of offshore drilling rigs. By 1949, offshore drilling rigs began to resemble the behemoths they would become today. ...
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Offshore Injuries, News
Last week, two workers fell through a hole aboard Chevron’s and Renaissance Offshore’s platform in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of these accidents, one worker was killed and the other is missing. The U.S. offshore safety body BSEE is investigating both cases to determine the cause. BSEE has established two panels to examine the incidents, and they are working with the U.S. Coast Guard’s New ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , and Alison Baimbridge filed suit in Harris County, Texas on behalf of a Louisiana man who was severely injured while working on a tug boat. Our client was sitting on a newly assembled chair that collapsed, causing him to fall backward and strike his head and neck on a set of stairs. As a result of the accident, our ...
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