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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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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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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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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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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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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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When most people think of dangers that offshore workers experience, dramatic images of explosions are usually the first thing to come to mind. While explosions are a constant risk for offshore workers, they are also in contact with dangerous chemicals on a regular basis. If ignored, these chemicals can silently cause injury and death. Hydrogen Sulfide Besides being flammable, hydrogen sulfide is ...
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Earlier this month, 16 communities on the coast of South Carolina filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against the Trump administration. The case was filed in response to permits that were issued to allow the exploration for natural gas an oil. On Thursday, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced that nine states are joining the lawsuit. Why Are the States Against Offshore ...
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In August, the Bureau of Transportation Safety released its annual Blowout Prevention System Safety (BPSS) report . The report is a component of the SafeOCS program, a joint effort by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. SafeOCS enables workers to report information on the offshore industry. As a result, the program gathers, aggregates, ...
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Deepwater Horizon Regulations Rolled Back

Last Thursday, the White House eased safety rules for offshore drilling rigs created after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The administration claimed that loosening regulations will provide a boost in energy production. The initial regulations were originally put in place by the Obama administration in 2016. The reversal to the rules will be effective on December 27, 2018. The regulations ...
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At Arnold & Itkin, our offshore injury attorneys highlight the importance of eliminating negligence on the part of employers and ship owners in the maritime industry. Doing this provides a safe environment for the thousands of offshore workers and passengers that utilize seagoing vessels daily. Examining the following maritime accidents reveals the importance of accountability and reveals how ...
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How the Jones Act Affects the US Navy

Since 1920, the Merchant Marine Act has served to protect workers on vessels traveling between American ports. Also known as the Jones Act, it provides protections to Americans working on ships normally provided to US workers on land. As a whole, the law was designed to bolster American trade. Besides protecting offshore workers from employer negligence, this law introduced several restrictions on ...
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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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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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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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Any person who has traveled in the open ocean has had the same fear: They're standing on the deck, enjoying a quiet moment at sea... ...When they fall into the icy waters. They scream for someone to help, but no one saw them fall. Within seconds, the boat is out of reach, leaving them behind with no one the wiser. They have 1 minute to regain control of their breathing, 10 minutes to swim to ...
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Every vessel must make port. "Making port" isn't just one task, however. It includes a wide range of activities, depending on the nature and size of the ship. The use of heavy machinery, the transfer of hazardous materials, and several crews all acting simultaneously combine to create a high-risk environment for dock workers. Due to this high level of danger, the way that a port operates can ...
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In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon explosion forced the offshore industry to change. One of the most significant changes came from oversight—the White House created the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement to ensure that the oil drilling industry was operating safely (while remaining economically viable). The result was fewer accidents and offshore injuries. However, in recent months the BSEE ...
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Walking down a cul de sac, it is not uncommon to see rows of solar panels sitting on top of rooves. Driving into parking lots, “battery-powered vehicles” are gaining more spots over time. The worlds of oil and electricity are colliding, and friction comes from having to create hybrid machines that utilize both resources. Following the trend, hybrid and electric ships are the next industry to face ...
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When a boat catches fire, firefighters have to take to the high seas to fight the blaze. These firefighters drive their boats alongside the boat on fire, ready to release torrents of water to combat the flames. When the boat operators can get in position, fighting the fire is particularly straightforward; however, there are some fires where firefighters are unable to get close due to toxic fumes. ...
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What Causes Offshore Slips & Falls?

From simple trips over some wiring to catastrophic tumbles on scrubbed floors, slips and falls are injuries that are deceptively dangerous. In fact, slips, trips, and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths in the United States, trailing only motor vehicle accidents as the number one accidental killer. Annually, 12,000 people are killed due to slip and fall accidents. Additionally, slips and ...
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Seven years ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded and sank to the bottom of the ocean. The government was called to action due to the explosion—and act it did. The Obama administration put more regulations on the oil industry than ever before. However, the Trump administration has set its sights on lowering the regulations for company profits. The Claim That Obama Regulations Were Too ...
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The tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an accident that touched thousands of lives, lost millions of gallons of oil, and ended in billions of dollars in legal payouts. However, the impact did not stop at the civilian or business level. The Deepwater Horizon case not only affected people and workers, it also moved the government to action. The Government’s Response to Deepwater Horizon ...
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Maritime Incubator Opens in New York

If a newborn is having difficulty acclimating when he or she is born, they are placed in an incubator. An incubator is a place where ideal conditions promote the growth of an organism. The temperature, the space, even the sounds of the environment are monitored in an incubator so that a newborn has the best chance at developing normally. A technological incubator is the same, except the target of ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Alison Baimbridge and Roland Christensen filed a lawsuit today on behalf of a client who was physically and sexually assaulted when working as a Jones Act seaman in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time of the incident, Arnold & Itkin LLP's client was proudly working onboard a vessel when she was repeatedly threatened and forced to perform sexual ...
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