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Is This Injured Longshoreman Protected By Maritime Law?

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

A longshoreman was driving a yard mule truck loaded with granite and iron bars at the Sun Terminals shipping container yard when it collided with a golf cart in a four-way intersecting path. The driver of the golf cart died and the longshoreman sustained injuries. It seems the shipping yard does not have signs or traffic controls in the area the crash happened. Although this accident happened on land, longshoremen and other maritime workers are still protected by maritime law when they are injured on the job. Injured Longshoremen Are Still Entitled to Compensation for Injuries Longshoremen are responsible for a variety of tasks that can be laborious and require all their focus, including: Operating heavy machinery, such as cranes and forklifts Transferring loaded trailers from ships to trucks Rigging cargo However, just because maritime workers aren’t injured at sea does not mean they are not entitled to compensation if…
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How Did This Fisherman Sustain Propeller Injuries?

Posted on October 17, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

A commercial fisherman was snorkeling and spearfishing earlier this month when a boat when a 32-foot boat struck him, causing serious propeller injuries to his lower body. The fisherman lost part of one leg and suffered severe injuries to the other because of the boating accident. Why Boaters Need to Be Aware of Propeller Accidents Propeller accidents are often not the first event that happens. Typically, there is a man overboard situation, a boating accident involving a collision, capsizing, a mechanical failure or a rogue wave. However, the consequences of these types of accidents can be life changing. A propeller contains three whirling blades and typically spins at 3200 rpm on boats. This means it is capable of inflicting at least 160 impacts in one second. Worse, a propeller can continue to spin even after the engine is put in neutral or turned off. According to the U.S. Coast Guard,…
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What Did We Learn from “Deepwater Horizon?”

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

“Deepwater Horizon” is a movie that hit the screens last month and is a depiction of the oil rig that exploded, sank and killed 11 workers on April 20, 2010. The tragedy was also regarded as one of the worst environmental disasters to date. On that day, the cement plug in the Macondo well failed and hydrocarbons leaked up to the drill floor, which caused mud fountains to flow and created a huge cloud of flammable gas. Although several alarms were triggered, the crew misinterpreted emergency procedures and failed punch the general alarm to alert the rest of the rig on time, which would have engaged the emergency shut down system. However, because they hesitated, gas entered the engine room. Two engines overran and exploded, which wiped out all of the rig’s controls and caused the entire tanker to shut down. Communications, phones, handheld radios and the lights went out….
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Does Fatigue Put Maritime Workers at Risk?

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Maritime workers are essential to the global economy. More than 90 percent of the world’s trade is shipped by sea or across navigable waters. However, the maritime industry is plagued with falls overboard, groundings caused by navigation errors, collisions, fires, drownings and even amputation injuries. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by fatigued maritime workers. For those who work at sea, fatigue is just part of the job. Maritime workers perform intense labor for longer hours than many workers on land. Whether they work on a luxury cruise ship or on an Alaskan crab fishing, most seamen work more than 12 hours a day. However, studies show fatigued maritime workers put the ships, the crew and themselves in danger. According a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, fatigue creates a constant state of weariness that lowers mental abilities and physical weariness. For most seamen, chronic fatigue is not uncommon,…
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