Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2019

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 to accomplish their job. 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 ...
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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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Longshoreman Rights, Jones Act
Unlike any other workplace on land, offshore workers are not protected by workers' compensation if they're injured on the job. Workers on offshore vessels have protections under a century-old law known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. Like workers' compensation programs, the Jones Act provides offshore workers with relief after an injury. However, the similarities ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis filed suit today in Harris County, Texas on behalf of a maritime worker who was severely injured while working on an offshore platform. Our client was being transferred on a personnel basket from the platform to a vessel when, suddenly, the crane operator negligently dropped the basket. The offshore worker was ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit in Harris County on behalf of a longshoreman who was seriously injured on a foreign vessel unloading cargo. The vessel owner and our client's immediate supervisor failed in fulfilling their basic duties to provide our client with a safe workplace. As a result, our client is now suffering from lifelong injuries that will require extensive medical bills and may prevent him ...
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Does the Jones Act Apply to Dock Workers?

Legislators created the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, popularly referred to as the Jones Act, to control maritime commerce in American waters. It dictated that all ships transporting goods between United States ports must be American and manned by American crews. However, the Jones Act is most well-known today for providing American maritime workers with protections comparable to ones enjoyed by ...
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Longshoreman Rights, News
An accident at the Port of Los Angeles has killed one worker and severely injured another. The industrial accident occurred early Wednesday morning at Fenix Marine Services on Pier 300. Initial reports indicate that a top loader container handler caused the deadly accident. The injured worker received treatment for injuries at UCLA Medical Center, and their current condition is unknown. ...
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Offshore Fires, Barge Accident
Last Wednesday, an accident in the Caspian Sea injured 14 employees of Italian company Saipem; 7 of them were put into intensive care. All the survivors were transferred to hospitals in Turkey, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom. We've now learned that one week after the accident, one of the workers has succumbed to his injuries at the hospital in France. While the cause of the accident hasn't ...
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On Friday afternoon, two barges being pushed by a tugboat named Voyager collided with a tanker named Genesis River. One of the barges capsized, and the other was hit so hard that it was nearly sliced in half. Both barges were carrying 25,000 barrels of reformate, an ingredient used in producing high-octane gasoline. Recovery crews are still working to remove the remaining reformate from the ...
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The Houston Ship Channel is closed from Light 61 to Light 75 after a crash between a barge and another vessel around 3:30 PM on Friday. Two barges were on the inbound channel and the tanker was outbound when they collided. As a result of the collision, one of the barges has capsized and the other has a large hole in it. According to authorities, the barge is now leaking reformate into the channel, ...
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Since October of 2017, Arnold & Itkin has closely followed the events surrounding the investigation of a Bouchard Transportation Co.'s Barge No. 255, which exploded and erupted into a violent fire just off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas. Our barge explosion attorneys are representing the family of Zachariah Jackson, one of the two workers killed during the incident. Officials never located ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , and Alison Baimbridge recently filed a lawsuit against two major companies that operate offshore. Our lawyers filed this case on behalf of a Jones Act seaman for injuries he sustained while lifting extremely heavy canisters aboard a drilling ship. Vessel owners must protect their workers and ensure that they have the ...
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Maritime Law
Maritime laws are relevant to anyone who works on or travels across open water, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bering Sea and beyond. Maritime laws are some of the oldest in the world—many of them descend from rules created by shippers as early as the 6th century. This means that maritime laws are some of the longest-used laws in the history of civilization. Today, maritime law is interchangeable ...
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In November of 2018, the Supreme Court heard arguments for a class action lawsuit involving asbestos-related injuries caused by bare-metal items. The lawsuit described “bare-metal” products as those that required asbestos to work but sold without asbestos. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Navy veterans who asserted that they developed cancer because of the asbestos they used on bare-metal ...
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Arnold & Itkin recently filed a case on behalf of a man who suffered severe injuries while working on a boat. His injuries were caused by a collision with another vessel on March 8, 2019. Our client, a tankerman and former naval officer, sustained injuries to his head, neck, shoulder and other parts of his body when the collision occurred. Head , neck, and shoulder injuries are frequently ...
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Norwegian energy giant Equinor has launched the world’s first completely unmanned oil platform in the North Sea. The Oseberg Vestflanken H platform has been operating since 2018 and has no living quarters or toilets onboard for crews. Instead, crews manage the rig through a combination of automatic systems and remote controls. Equinor built the Oseberg H with efficiency in mind. Officials from the ...
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On March 24, 1989, we saw one of the worst environmental disasters in the United States. The Exxon Valdez oil spill was so significant that it remained the worst American oil spill until the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April of 2010. The accident happened when the supertanker Exxon Valdez collided with the Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Over 10.8 million gallons of oil spilled from ...
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Last Sunday, a helicopter owned and operated by Bristow Group Inc. crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The accident occurred around noon as the helicopter was transporting one passenger and the craft’s pilot between Galliano and Venice, Louisiana. The helicopter was a Bell 407 registered with the number N577AL. Currently, the cause of the crash is not known, and the FAA and NTSB are investigating the ...
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