Four Parties that Cause Offshore Accidents
Working in the maritime industry has never been completely safe. For hundreds of years, men and women have braved the ocean to bring back the bounty and trade that it offers. Today, the offshore industry has evolved beyond what the earliest sailors could have ever imagined. Oil rigs dig deep into the ocean, ships brave harsh waters, and vessels can carry more cargo than ever before.
Coming along with the industry’s technological advancements has been improved safety for workers. Today, offshore safety has become so attainable that it’s reasonable for workers to expect that their well-being is protected from the start of their shift to the moment they’re back on land. In fact, the Jones Act means that offshore workers must be protected from dangers. The law holds negligent parties accountable when someone suffers from a preventable accident. Doing so helps ensure accountability in the offshore industry and provides an incentive for companies to provide safe environments to them.
However, when an offshore accident does happen, who is responsible for it?
First and foremost, employers must protect the safety of workers. This means making sure their employees with the right equipment, safety training, and more. Employers are also responsible for making sure that workers have a safe environment in which to carry out the duties of their job.
Examples of employer negligence include:
- Poorly maintained vessels
- Inadequately maintained equipment
- A lack of training for employees
- Neglecting safety equipment
- Not hiring enough people for a job
- Overworking individual employees
When something goes wrong during offshore work, it might be the fault of a manufacturer. While employers are responsible for maintaining vessels and equipment, great maintenance practices aren’t enough to prevent manufacturing defects and inadequacies. When a manufacturer makes an unsafe part that harms other people, they could be held liable for offshore accidents.
Sometimes, the reckless behavior of other workers can cause offshore accidents. While employers have the responsibility to hire safe individuals, a person should still assume some liability for harming others. Workers can cause accidents by neglecting to perform the duties of their job safely. However, labor tasks are not the only ways for another employee to be irresponsible. Sometimes, a worker can harm others through acts of violence. For example, an employee can be liable for a person’s injuries if they lost their temper and physically assaulted them while offshore.
The offshore industry relies on collaboration to thrive. Dredges clear channels for large ships, tugboats guide large barges, and other specialty vessels perform specific jobs that help others. Offshore workers are frequently in contact with workers from other companies and contractors as they do their job. If a contractor or third party company causes an accident, injured workers can seek compensation from them.
Determining Fault Requires A Thorough Investigation
If you’ve suffered because of a preventable offshore accident, you deserve help from a team that’s ready to investigate all aspects of your case. While fault might seem obvious, you’ll still require a strong case to present during trial. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our team has the experience clients need and deserve.
Since offshore accidents involves multiple parties, determining all responsible parties is crucial for your recovery. Our team is ready to investigate the accident with the time, resources, and effort required to make sure the right parties are being held accountable.
If you’ve suffered from an accident while working offshore, Arnold & Itkin is ready to help you at (888) 346-5024. Call us now for a free consultation with our offshore injury lawyers.