Category Archives: Burns

Burns are common injuries for commercial fishermen and merchant seamen, and they need a maritime lawyer to assist them with maintenance and cure.

Are Burn Injuries Common on Board Vessels?

While ships are surrounded by water at sea, that does not mean they are impervious to fires, nor are maritime workers invulnerable to burns. Just last month, a flash fire occurred in a Virginia shipyard, which sent three workers to the hospital with severe burn injuries. Just a few months prior, a fire broke out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship while at sea, burning a crewmember and forcing passengers to be evacuated. Just a few weeks before that, a commercial fishing vessel caught fire off the coast of Maryland, forcing a rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard. Unfortunately, onboard fires are a common cause of maritime injuries. What Causes Onboard Ship Fires? The amount of onboard heavy machinery found in either boiler rooms or other areas of the ship makes fire a serious safety hazard. Boiler rooms are already warm areas containing fuel and high-pressure gases. A single leaky…
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How Did This Commercial Fisherman Sustain Burn Injuries at Sea?

A commercial fishing crew accidentally pulled up live, unexploded artillery while clamming, which caused the destruction of 700 cases of chowder and one fishermen to sustain second-degree burns. While the authorities were unable to determine what the ordnance was, the fisherman’s burns were consistent with mustard agent exposure. Mustard gas can cause skin blisters, blindness, lung damage and even death. However, it is not uncommon for commercial fishing vessels to dredge up munitions along the Atlantic, given that old environmental laws used to permit dumping hazardous munitions into the sea. If your vessel comes across unexploded ordnance, you should avoid it and notify the U.S. Coast Guard immediately. Burn Injuries Are Still a Real Threat to Workers, Even at Sea Maritime workers may think that because they are surrounded by water, it isn’t possible to be vulnerable to burn injuries. However, maritime workers can sustain serious burn injuries from a…
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The Danger of Vessel Fires and Smoke Inhalation

Recently, the U.S. Coast Guard had to rescue a crewmember from a boat near the Texas coast after he reportedly suffered from smoke inhalation. According to Professional Mariner, the Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call on August 20 from the crew of the 50-foot towing vessel Kennedy Grace, which was towing the motor vessel Miss Geri, which caught fire. A crewmember aboard the vessel that was being towed reportedly suffered smoke inhalation and had chest pains following the fire. After the Coast Guard sent a rescue boat out to secure the man, he was transported to a local hospital in Galveston for treatment. The other crewmembers aboard the Miss Geri were able to abandon the vessel and board the larger Kennedy Grace after the incident. Local fireboat crews had to respond to the incident to assist in putting out the fire aboard the vessel. It remains unclear how the…
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