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Blog category: "Offshore Safety"

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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Offshore Safety, Jones Act
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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Arnold & Itkin recently filed suit on behalf of an Arkansas seaman severely injured by defective towing equipment. Like all employers, the people who are in charge of maintaining his vessel and ensuring a safe work site should be found responsible for his injuries. Defective equipment often doesn’t fail overnight—behind every failed piece of equipment is a history of neglected maintenance. Our ...
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$8.9 Million Secured for Injured Seaman

Kurt Arnold, Cory Itkin and Kyle Findley recently represented a seaman who had sustained serious head injury while working overseas. The client was working on an offshore drilling vessel when he, through no fault of his own, was hit in the head by heavy equipment. Through meticulous investigation, the team at Arnold & Itkin discovered that their clients’ coworkers were at fault for this ...
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Fatigue: The Silent Killer

There is no denying the importance of maritime workers in the global economy. Ships and other vessels transport over 90% of the world's goods, providing jobs for millions of maritime workers in the U.S. and abroad. Given the importance of the maritime industry, the need for safe working conditions for maritime and offshore workers should be a top priority. Yet, too often, accidents occur that ...
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The dangers of offshore drilling only exponentially increase as rigs drill deeper than they ever have before. In the frenetic search for new resources to relieve the scarcity of oil deposits, boundaries are being pushed, tested, and occasionally crossed altogether. As technology strives to keep up with the demand, offshore oil companies invest millions, even billions, into their rigs in order to ...
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