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Why is This Tugboat Worker Suing Tappan Zee Constructors?

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

The Tappan Zee bridge has been under construction and has caused several accidents this year. In a previous blog, we covered the tragic sinking of a tugboat that cost three crewmembers their lives when the tug smashed into a construction barge. Now, the bridge has claimed another victim. A tugboat worker was ordered onto one of the construction barges involved in the Tappan Zee bridge construction and told to handle heavy mooring lines in order to secure them to the barge. However, the weather was particularly hazardous that day and the tugboat worker was given no help in his task as well as insufficient equipment to perform it safely. Moreover, this task was not part of his job description, nor did he have training, nor did he give consent to perform this perilous task. As a result, the worker’s muscles, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments were all severely ripped and…
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Why are Passengers Calling Royal Caribbean a Nightmare Cruise Line?

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Last month, a cruise ship passenger from Texas fell 100 feet into the water from a Royal Caribbean cruise line. After an exhaustive effort covering more than 2,500 miles, the Coast Guard called off the search and explained the fall would have likely killed the passenger or stunned him, which means he would have drowned. Two weeks after this incident, a lawsuit was filed against Royal Caribbean by the family of a Florida passenger who also fell overboard and whose body was never recovered. The lawsuit alleges the cruise line negligently overserved the passenger alcohol, which caused his fall. The claimant also says these circumstances were not an isolated incident and the cruise line has had other passengers fall to their deaths overboard. In late February, Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, was hit with a norovirus outbreak. The Centers for Disease control reported 3 percent of the…
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How Did This Worker Sustain Amputation Injuries While Channel Dredging?

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Last year, a worker was channel dredging at Port Canaveral in Cape Canaveral, Florida when he very suddenly sustained serious injuries. Dredging is a necessity at harbors and ports around the world. Without dredging, sediments that wash downstream will eventually fill the port, which is why dredging is a 24-hour process at Port Canaveral. Crewmembers who work on the dredge vessel must be shuttled from land to the vessel every day on a crew boat that’s tied to the dredge. Typically, the shuttle barge backs up stern first to the dock or the dredging vessel. The crew will get into or off the boat from the stern, stepping past the spinning propellers that holds the boat steady. During a crew exchange, the worker slipped and fell from the shuttle barge. He landed in the water, but his legs fell into the spinning propellers. He lost one leg below the knee…
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Be Our Guest to the New Bedford Commercial Marine Expo

Posted on April 18, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

On April 27th through the 28th, Latti & Anderson LLP will be attending the Commercial Marine Expo (CME) in New Bedford, Massachusetts and we would like you to join! You can pay $20 at the door upon arrival. However, if you contact our office at 1 (800) 392-6072 or contact us online, we can send you an invitation that will allow you to attend the Commercial Marine Expo for free! The Commercial Marine Expo is the Largest Commercial Marine Trade Show The CME is the Atlantic Seaboard’s biggest commercial marine trade show. No matter your job in the maritime industry, the CME is a great opportunity to price, compare or buy all of the industry’s new equipment, safety gear, technology and check out demonstrations. The CME welcomes: Owners and operators of commercial vessels Military workers, such as the Coast Guard, Navy and security personnel Workers in the shipping industry Commercial…
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