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What Happens When a Maritime Worker is Injured On Land?

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Maritime workers are not just limited to working on vessels at sea. They are also responsible for building, unloading and guiding ships. Types of land-based maritime workers can include: Longshoremen Dock workers Ship builders Harbor workers Stevedores When a maritime worker who doesn’t work on the water sustains an injury, there may be a moment of panic when they realize they are not protected under the Jones Act, which only applies to those injured at sea. However, maritime workers operating on land are not without protection just because they aren’t on a ship. What is the Longshore Act? The Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, also known as the Longshore Act, was created for maritime workers who are not crewmembers on a vessel and have sustained an injury. Under the Longshore Act, injured maritime workers are covered on both U.S. navigable waters and the connecting waterfront areas, which includes:…
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What Caused This Ferry Accident That Injured 45 Passengers?

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Seastreak, the company that operates the new Providence-Newport vessel, is facing $75 million in lawsuits after a ferry accident in 2013 that injured 45 passengers. The ferry was carrying 326 passengers when it smashed into a docking barge. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the ferry did not have a safety management system. According to the NTSB, there was confusion about which mode the ferry was operating in and the captain lost control. The propellers remained in forward pitch position, which actually sped up the ferry as it approached the dock, rather than slow down. Additionally, there were no procedures that limited passenger access to stairwells during high-risk scenarios, such as docking. There were also no alarms that sounded, nor did the captain inform the passengers of the situation. If a safety management system was in place, it is possible this ferry accident would not have happened. Safety…
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Reality TV Show Denied a Fisherman Medical Care, Causing Amputation Injuries

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

In March, a fisherman began working on a boat in Galveston that was filming a reality show on the National Geographic Channel called Big Fish, Texas. On the first day at sea, the fisherman received lacerations on his hands despite the fact he was wearing gloves. The lacerations became infected. While the production crew could have easily called the Coast Guard for help and sent the fisherman to shore, they instead allowed the infection to fester in order to film the ensuing drama for the TV show. The crew tried to cut the infection with razors to drain the fluid, but this possibly made things worse. Two weeks later, the boat arrived back at shore and the man was finally able to seek medical attention. He ended up having a complete or partial amputation on almost each of his fingers. Injured Fishermen Have the Right to Medical Care at Sea…
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Can This Injured Fisherman Hold the Coast Guard Responsible for His Injuries?

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

After a three-day crab fishing trip, a crew was travelling home when their 63-foot boat ran aground on a shoal that was 300 yards from the shore. The boat was dangerously close to capsizing, so the crew radioed a distress signal, put on lifejackets and waited to be rescued. Though the water was only approximately four feet deep, the 20-mile per hour winds were creating seven-foot waves that hurled into the boat. Five minutes later, the Coast Guard arrived and lined up the stern with the fishing boat and urged the fishing crew to jump onto the rescue boat. Three fishermen made it to safety. However, one of the fisherman jumped when the Coast Guard commanded him to, but fell short because of a wave. The fisherman became pinned in-between the two boats, crushing his pelvis. He required multiple surgeries after the accident and remains permanently maimed. The Coast Guard…
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