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Coast Guard Alert Compilation Reveals 18 Years of Safety Concerns

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

Have you ever wondered why the U.S. Coast Guard releases safety alerts? Recently, the Coast Guard compiled a list of all of the alerts it issued between 1996 and 2014, and browsing through the catalog is quite interesting. For example, a safety alert issued in November 2014 warned readers about the accidental release of CO2 during safety demonstrations and fuel oil shut-off events. The Coast Guard discussed how this occurred during an exam that took place with guardsmen onboard, prior to the alert’s release. The agency said that this could pose significant risks. “During a recent Uninspected Towing Vessel (UTV) exam, a vessel crewmember intending to test the fuel oil shut-off cables instead pulled the CO2 system release cables,” the release said. “Accidental releases are not uncommon and vessel crewmember and Coast Guard inspector fatalities have occurred in the past.” Another safety alert, issued in May 2014, discussed slips, trips…
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Winter Weather Leads to Coast Guard Rescues

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

As winter weather brutalizes the eastern coast of the United States, you may see an increase in the number of Coast Guard rescues performed. Recently, the Weather Channel reported that hurricane like winds and cold temperatures resulted in the rescue of an Australian family that was stranded at sea after Winter Storm Neptune ripped their boat’s sails off. According to the network, the rescue took place about 140 miles southeast of Nantucket. The men onboard the boat reportedly suffered from severe hypothermia. In addition to this rescue, recently in New York, the Coast Guard had to break a tugboat out of thick ice near West Point. The vessel was attempting to deliver 26,929 barrels of home heating oil. As these cases prove, in times of severe winter weather, you may see an increase in rescues. This is especially true of vessels that transport resources to the east coast. According to…
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Latti & Anderson Secures $8 Million Burn Injury Settlement

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

The attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP are proud to announce that they have successfully obtained an $8 million settlement for a severely burned marine engineer’s family. The case involved an engineer working on a tugboat that was purchased by a defendant, which had undergone a major overhaul including complete rebuild of the vessel’s main diesel engines. A couple days into a voyage on the boat, the engineer was working in the engine room on the starboard side of the vessel when a pipe containing pressurized oil cracked spraying lubricate towards the engine. Upon contact with the exhaust manifold, the oil ignited causing in a continuous jet of burning flames to shoot up to the ceiling of the engine room and the stairwell- the only means of escape from the engine room. As the engine room filled with fire and smoke, the engineer was able to make it up the…
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