Experienced Maritime Attorneys BLOG

What Is Being Done to Prevent Man-Overboard Accidents?

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

From 2000 to 2009, 60 maritime workers died in man-overboard accidents while working on the waterways of the United States. In an effort to prevent man-overboard fatalities, the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (also known as The American Club) implemented a loss prevention program called Man Overboard! in November. Man Overboard! was designed to raise awareness about the actions and situations that can lead to seamen falling overboard, including: Loss of balance Lack of railings or bulwarks Lack of lifelines Slip and trip hazards Not using the buddy system The American Club is promoting Man Overboard! using several media applications, including web-based animations, which can be found on its website (http://www.american-club.com/page/man-overboard) as well as onboard and onshore posters. Can Latti & Anderson Take My Case Even If I’m Hurt Outside of Massachusetts? In the video below, nationwide maritime lawyer David Anderson explains why and how the…
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Could Our Barge Capsize While We’re Dredging?

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

Earlier this month, a dredging accident claimed the life of a barge crewmember in Wilmington, Delaware, according to WPVI-TV. The incident took place on a Tuesday around 7 p.m. on the Christina River near the Port of Wilmington. Three crewmembers, who all worked for the Norfolk Dredging Company, went missing after the barge they were using to dredge the river capsized. Two of the crewmembers were able to be rescued, but the third, who was inside the operator’s house when the vessel capsized, died as a result of the incident. Divers had to be brought in to recover the third crewmember’s body. Lawyers That Handle Dredging Accidents  Following the death of a loved one, it can be difficult to know what to do, especially if the death was the result of a maritime accident. Maritime law is very complex, even for attorneys who do not practice it on a regular…
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Is the Boat That My Employer Has Me Using Safe?

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

Boats with tunnel hulls are built to capture a pocket of air under the hull, which helps reduce drag on the outside of the hull, allowing the vessel to handle better at higher speeds. Unfortunately, instead of handling better, a 17-foot tunnel hull boat reportedly handled worse, because it was allegedly used in the wrong type of conditions. According to The Dallas Morning News, after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) completed its investigation of a Memorial Day weekend boating accident involving one of its game wardens, TPWD reported that the boat involved had a known history of spinning out of control. Reportedly, despite multiple wardens knowing that the boat involved in the crash was “dangerous and unpredictable”, the vessel was passed from one field office to another within the TPWD’s fleet for 15 years. In addition to the boat’s known dangers, the Morning News reported that even though…
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