Experienced Maritime Attorneys BLOG

Does My Employer Have to Keep the Shipyard I Work in Safe?

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

As maritime lawyer David Anderson explains in the video above, the Longshore Act provides workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers who are not members of a vessel crew, including: Dockworkers Harbor workers Longshoremen Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came down on a Norfolk, Virginia shipyard, citing multiple safety violations, according to WAVY-TV. The report indicates that the citations were discovered during a May 2014 inspection and the shipyard is facing over $100,000 in proposed fines for 12 safety and health violations, including: Fire extinguisher hazards Unguarded manholes Failure to provide fall protection for employees working on barges Exposing workers to electrical dangers while welding due to defective equipment Providing workers with damaged electrical equipment Allowing workers to use unguarded machinery I Need a Shipyard Accident Lawyer It is never okay for an employer to cut corners when it comes to the safety of its workers. If you…
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How Can I Get the Help I Need After a Tugboat Accident?

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

As maritime lawyer David Anderson explains in the video above, in some cases, following a tugboat or barge accident, workers who were hurt in the incident can get the money they need for hospital bills and living expenses through maintenance and cure, which provides a daily amount of money to cover living costs, including: Groceries Rent or mortgage Utilities (electricity, water, sewer, heat, gas, etc.) Fortunately, a tugboat accident earlier this month in Hawaii did not result in any injuries or major damage. According to Pacific Business News, the US Coast Guard had to close a port in Hawaii, the Port of Nawiliwili on Kauai, after a tugboat and barge ran aground. The accident happened on a Friday night as the tugboat and barge were beginning a return voyage to Honolulu Harbor. No injuries were reported and no cargo was lost in the incident. Authorities were still trying to determine…
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Could a Maintenance Diver Drown in a Retention Pond?

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

There are few more horrific ways to lose a family member than in a drowning accident. This is especially true if your loved one worked on the water for a living and his or her death was caused by someone else’s negligence. In cases such as that, those at fault need to be brought to justice and the family deserves money for the financial burden of their loss, including money for funeral expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. Authorities are still unclear about what caused a recent drowning accident in New Albany, Ohio. According to WBNS-TV, the victim in the drowning was a maintenance diver who had been hired to dredge the ponds in the area. The diver was working with another employee at the time of the incident. After he had been underwater longer than expected and lost contact with his co-worker, the authorities were called in to…
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