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What to Do After Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeastern part of the United States hard. Residents returning to their homes may be confused on what to do next. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided some tips to help: Listen to your local officials for instructions and updates Check in with your family and friends via text or social … Continue reading What to Do After Hurricane Matthew

Lobsterman was Rescued After Being Impaled

A U.S. Coast Guard received a call around 10:15 a.m. from a crewmember aboard a lobster boat requesting aid. A 41-year-old lobsterman had been impaled with knife around 130 miles east of Cape Cod. The man ended up being rescued by helicopter and taken to the hospital. Common Causes of Lobster Fishing Accidents Lobstermen don’t … Continue reading Lobsterman was Rescued After Being Impaled

Did you know Lindsay Lohan’s Finger Amputation is One of the Top Types of Boating Accident Injuries?

Lindsay Lohan sustained a traumatic injury in a recent boating accident. According to the actress, her finger became caught in a boat’s anchor and she was dragged under the water. Upon freeing herself, the bottom part of her ring finger was ripped off and found inside the vessel. While the media is calling this a … Continue reading Did you know Lindsay Lohan’s Finger Amputation is One of the Top Types of Boating Accident Injuries?

A Marlin’s Major League Baseball Player Killed in a Boating Accident

Last month, a Miami Marlins Major League Baseball pitcher died in a tragic boating accident. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, which discovered the boat the next morning, the 32-foot boat crashed into a pile of rocks that formed a jetty and capsized, killing both the Marlin’s pitcher and two other men on board. Local … Continue reading A Marlin’s Major League Baseball Player Killed in a Boating Accident

What is the Leading Cause of Boating Accidents?

Despite common misconceptions, most boating accidents have nothing to do with hazardous sea conditions or bad weather. More often than not, they occur on inland waters during the day when visibility and weather are considered good. The U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,158 boating accidents in 2015. Of those, 626 people died in these accidents and … Continue reading What is the Leading Cause of Boating Accidents?

Are Cruise Ship Workers Protected by Maritime Law?

Last week, we wrote about how a cruise ship employee died during a safety drill on the Harmony of the Seas, which is the world’s largest cruise ship. At the time, the ship was docked in France. Due to the fact the accident took place in another country, some may be confused about what the … Continue reading Are Cruise Ship Workers Protected by Maritime Law?

What is the Leading Cause of Death for Tugboat Workers?

Last year, six towing industry workers died in tugboat accidents, three of which died by falling overboard. While there has been a steady decrease in the number of maritime accidents over the last 20 years, overboard accidents are still the leading cause of maritime industry deaths. Specifically, falling overboard accounts for at least 50 percent … Continue reading What is the Leading Cause of Death for Tugboat Workers?

Are Safety Drills Causing Maritime Accidents?

Earlier this month, a seafarer died and four were injured in a maritime accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world that just sailed its inaugural voyage this year. Specifically, a lifeboat fell 30 feet from its davit and into the water during a ship safety drill. Of the … Continue reading Are Safety Drills Causing Maritime Accidents?

Am I Protected Under the Defense Base Act After a Maritime Accident?

When any other worker is injured on land, they typically file for workers’ compensation. When maritime workers are injured in U.S. navigable waters, they are protected under the Jones Act. When a maritime worker is injured on land, they are typically protected under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or Longshore Act for short. … Continue reading Am I Protected Under the Defense Base Act After a Maritime Accident?

What is the “Safer Seas Digest” and How Can It Help You Offshore?

Last month, we wrote a blog on the top three lessons the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had learned from its annual report on maritime accidents. The 72-page report looked at 29 major maritime accidents. Since then, the NTSB has released its annual “Safer Seas Digest,” which crewmembers can use in training and safety … Continue reading What is the “Safer Seas Digest” and How Can It Help You Offshore?

Is This Shipping Port Putting Dock Workers at Risk?

A dock worker was seriously injured at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. The worker’s tractor trailer, which is used to move shipping containers, was lifted six feet off of the dock by a shipping crane. The crane operator lifted the container while the vehicle was still attached and dropped the entire load to the ground. … Continue reading Is This Shipping Port Putting Dock Workers at Risk?

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, … Continue reading How Did This Commercial Fisherman Sustain Burn Injuries at Sea?

What Has the NTSB Learned from This Year’s Maritime Accidents?

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its annual report on maritime accidents from the last year and what has been learned from them. The 72-page report examines 29 major maritime accidents in 2015 with high casualty numbers. It seems the report gleaned three major lessons from last year’s accidents, including: The hazards associated … Continue reading What Has the NTSB Learned from This Year’s Maritime Accidents?

9-Year-Old Dies in Tragic Boating Accident

Two boys fell off a rented pontoon boat while at a Maryland resort and both were struck by the boat’s propellers. The 11-year-old boy sustained lacerations, but survived the boating accident. The 9-year-old, however, suffered more serious injuries and went into cardiac arrest before dying. This was the third Maryland boating accident involving rented pontoon … Continue reading 9-Year-Old Dies in Tragic Boating Accident

Should I talk to an Insurance Company After a Maritime Accident?

Consider this situation: you’ve just suffered a maritime injury and are trying to recover. You’re in pain, probably shocked, traumatized by your accident and may have family worried about you. On top of all of this, you now have medical bills and possibly lost wages to contend with. However, any injury or death is covered … Continue reading Should I talk to an Insurance Company After a Maritime Accident?

Maine Lobsterman Dies After Falling Overboard

A Maine lobsterman died this month after falling off a boat near Jonesport. The lobster boat crewmembers contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, but the lobsterman was dead by the time they arrived in spite of CPR attempts. The lobsterman left a wife and a young son behind. Falling Overboard is a Leading Cause of Maritime … Continue reading Maine Lobsterman Dies After Falling Overboard

Was the Tugboat Accident Near the Tappan Zee Bridge Avoidable?

In previous blogs, we wrote about the tragedy near the Tappan Zee Bridge that claimed the lives of three workers. Three tugboats were pushing a barge across the Hudson River when one of the tugs hit a construction barge and sank with three crewmembers still trapped inside. It took months to recover all three bodies. … Continue reading Was the Tugboat Accident Near the Tappan Zee Bridge Avoidable?

What If an Employer Refuses to Pay Maintenance and Cure After a Fishing Accident?

A commercial fisherman was tying lines on a boat when he became trapped in marsh wetlands. He struggled and injured his legs and knees while trying to get free. The Captain left him in the wetlands and continued on course, essentially abandoning the fisherman to struggle and exacerbate his injuries. The worst part is the … Continue reading What If an Employer Refuses to Pay Maintenance and Cure After a Fishing Accident?

What are the Most Common Types of Injuries to Vessel Cooks and Stewards?

It’s easy to think most maritime accidents only involve commercial fishermen, longshoremen and deckhands. However, vessel cooks and stewards are also susceptible to injuries at sea. Vessel cooks are necessary on smaller vessels, such as tugboats, as well as larger vessels, like yachts or cruise ships. Vessel stewards are also necessary to perform housekeeping duties … Continue reading What are the Most Common Types of Injuries to Vessel Cooks and Stewards?

What Caused This Fatal Barge Accident?

Last month, a 5-year-old boy and his father were on a frogging trip on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway when a towing barge got too close to their boat. The boy and his father jumped overboard to avoid the barge accident. The father resurfaced, but the boy was later found dead underneath the barge. What are … Continue reading What Caused This Fatal Barge Accident?

What to Expect After a Maritime Injury

If you’re in a car accident, you know what to do. You call the police and file an insurance claim. However, when you experience a traumatizing maritime injury while working at sea, things work a lot differently. In all of the confusion, it can be easy to say or do the wrong thing that could … Continue reading What to Expect After a Maritime Injury

What are the Most Common Causes of Injuries for Commercial Fishermen?

Commercial fishing is a hard and physically demanding job. It also, unfortunately, has a bad reputation for being a dangerous occupation. However, when safe practices are employed, many commercial fishing accidents can be prevented. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), understanding the risks and anticipating potential dangers can prevent fishing injuries and … Continue reading What are the Most Common Causes of Injuries for Commercial Fishermen?

What Happens When a Maritime Worker is Injured On Land?

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 … Continue reading What Happens When a Maritime Worker is Injured On Land?

What Caused This Ferry Accident That Injured 45 Passengers?

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. … Continue reading What Caused This Ferry Accident That Injured 45 Passengers?

Reality TV Show Denied a Fisherman Medical Care, Causing Amputation Injuries

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 … Continue reading Reality TV Show Denied a Fisherman Medical Care, Causing Amputation Injuries

Can This Injured Fisherman Hold the Coast Guard Responsible for His Injuries?

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 … Continue reading Can This Injured Fisherman Hold the Coast Guard Responsible for His Injuries?

Water-Skier Seriously Injured in New Hampshire Drunk Boating Accident

This past Fourth of July weekend, a 38-year-old water-skier sustained serious leg injuries when he was struck by the propeller of a recreational boat in New Hampshire. He was transported via life flight to Maine Medical Center, though there is no further information on his condition. His cousin was found to be intoxicated and has … Continue reading Water-Skier Seriously Injured in New Hampshire Drunk Boating Accident

Have You Seen the New Bedford Fishing Monument?

On June 30th, City Pier 3 at 228 MacArthur Drive in New Bedford received a permanent fixture on the waterfront. The Fishermen’s Tribute Monument, which was unveiled at Tonnessen Park, has been completed and placed to honor all the “men and women—past, present and future—within the fishing industry, especially those who have lost their lives … Continue reading Have You Seen the New Bedford Fishing Monument?

Paddleboarder Loses a Leg in Fishing Boat Accident

Last year, a 28-year-old on vacation was enjoying the outdoor water activities in Destin, Florida. She had gone scuba diving, wakeboarding and was enjoying paddleboarding at sunset. At that time, a fishing boat traveling at approximately 20 miles per hour ran right over the paddleboarder, ripping through the bones, muscles, tendons, nerves and a key … Continue reading Paddleboarder Loses a Leg in Fishing Boat Accident

Are Oil Rig Companies Failing to Provide Proper Training to Workers?

On March 11th, federal safety officials launched an investigation into the death of an oil rig worker in the Gulf of Mexico after the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement responded to a fatal injury report. According to NOLA.com, the platform is located about 150 miles off shore, south of New Orleans and is owned … Continue reading Are Oil Rig Companies Failing to Provide Proper Training to Workers?

How is the Crab Fishing Fleet from “Deadliest Catch” Improving on Safety?

Fans of the hit Discovery channel show “Deadliest Catch” know that the Bering Sea/Aleutian Island crab fleet was once the most hazardous commercial fishery in the world. However, thanks to an increased emphasis on safety since the 1990s, fatal maritime accidents and injury cases have dropped in this particular industry. What Safety Measures Have Helped … Continue reading How is the Crab Fishing Fleet from “Deadliest Catch” Improving on Safety?

How Did An Appeals Court Expand Admiralty Law?

Do injuries suffered on recreational boats in shallow water fall under admiralty jurisdiction? According to the U.S. Second Court of Appeals, they do, despite a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that narrowed admiralty jurisdiction. High Stakes for Victim of Diving Injury In 2011, a Syracuse, New York man took a summer trip on a boat in … Continue reading How Did An Appeals Court Expand Admiralty Law?

Is South Florida the Deadliest Area in the State for Boaters?

Keys, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties have been found to be the deadliest areas for boaters in Florida. Last year, Florida had 55 boating deaths, five of which occurred in Monroe County and just as many in Broward. While this was a decrease from the 73 deaths that occurred in 2014, the numbers are still … Continue reading Is South Florida the Deadliest Area in the State for Boaters?

Why are Dungeness Crab Fishing Injuries Underreported?

In a previous blog, we talked about a new study that found that Dungeness crab fishing injuries often go unreported. Now, public health expert Laurel Kincl conducted in-depth fishermen interviews and surveys that show possible causes of why the number of injuries to Dungeness crab fishermen are underreported. From 2002 to 2012, there were only … Continue reading Why are Dungeness Crab Fishing Injuries Underreported?

How Maritime Workers Can Avoid Fatigue

The GCaptain publication makes a very apt observation that shipping culture often equates hard work with fewer hours of sleep. However, studies have shown that who is awake for 17 hours straight can be comparable to a person with a .05 blood alcohol content level. This is especially applicable to fatigued maritime workers. Given all of … Continue reading How Maritime Workers Can Avoid Fatigue

Company That Owns a Vessel Involved in the Hudson River Tugboat Accident Filed for Limitation of Liability

In a previous blog, we described how three workers lost their lives in a tragic tugboat accident on the Hudson River. The tugboat was pushing a barge across the river when it smashed into a construction barge. According to the report, the crew made communications saying they were too close to the barge, but at … Continue reading Company That Owns a Vessel Involved in the Hudson River Tugboat Accident Filed for Limitation of Liability

How Is NOAA Making Commercial Fishing Safer?

A new system being implemented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) may help eliminate many of the potential dangers faced by commercial fishermen. The mortality rate for maritime workers is almost 30 times higher than the national average. The reason for that scary number is believed to be related to the risky behaviors … Continue reading How Is NOAA Making Commercial Fishing Safer?

Fisherman Wins $2.6 Million in Case Against Fishing Companies

Being a commercial fisherman can be a demanding, physical job. Fishermen face difficulties that people who work on the land might not even consider. Rough seas, heavy equipment and unpredictable fish can make the job a challenge. However, despite all the unique situations fishermen deal with on a daily basis, faulty equipment should never be … Continue reading Fisherman Wins $2.6 Million in Case Against Fishing Companies

Are Overweight Shipping Containers Safe?

When cargo is loaded onto a container ship, someone on board is charged with figuring out where each container should be placed on the vessel. Cargo placed on container ships presents a particular problem because each container looks similar, so the person in charge of placement must make decisions based on the documented weight of … Continue reading Are Overweight Shipping Containers Safe?

Are Recreational Boating Fatalities Decreasing?

The U.S. Coast Guard has some good news for summer boaters. According to the 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report, the number of boating fatalities nationwide is 626, which is the third-lowest number on record. The report goes on to say the number of injuries caused by recreational boating accident injuries have decreased from 2,678 reported … Continue reading Are Recreational Boating Fatalities Decreasing?

Why is This Deckhand Suing a Marine Towing Company?

Recently, Latti & Anderson LLP resolved a case against a tug company and its owner where the crew member was on deck, helping feed out the line from the line box when the next thing the crew member heard was a loud pop and he was thrown numerous feet back on the stern on the tug.    The crew member sustained … Continue reading Why is This Deckhand Suing a Marine Towing Company?

Happy National Maritime Day From the Team at Latti & Anderson LLP

May 22nd marks a very important day for the United States maritime industry. This day is meant to recognize one of the most vital industries. Each year, the maritime industry provides security, transports goods, creates recreational activities and, of course, brings jobs to our country. National Maritime Day is a day to take pause and … Continue reading Happy National Maritime Day From the Team at Latti & Anderson LLP

Can This New Safety Manual Help Members of the Commercial Fishing Industry?

Last week, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center hosted Fishing Partnership Support Services and the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership to commemorate a historic publication of a manual dedicated to the fishing community, first responders and families of fishermen. The new safety manual, called “Responding to Emergencies at Sea and to Communities Under Extreme Stress – RESCUES,” … Continue reading Can This New Safety Manual Help Members of the Commercial Fishing Industry?

Are Ferry Boats Safe?

In 2003, a 310-foot ferry boat was reaching the end of the 5-mile trip between Manhattan to Staten Island in New York with more than 1,500 passengers on board when it crashed full-speed into a maintenance pier. The concrete platform smashed into the starboard side of the ferry and ripped into the main deck, where … Continue reading Are Ferry Boats Safe?

Why Was This Boater Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison?

A judge sentenced a woman to seven years in prison last month for a boating accident that happened in December of 2013. That day, the boater and her boyfriend were drinking and enjoying the weather when she drove her 18-foot boat into a piling underneath the Old Griffin Road Bridge in Dania Beach, Florida. A surveillance … Continue reading Why Was This Boater Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison?

How Did This Tugboat Crewmember Lose His Life?

Last month, the friends and loved ones of a 33-year-old tugboat deckhand mourned for his passing after a tragic tugboat accident. They smiled sadly and spoke of how he could light up the room, but they all still wanted answers as to the circumstances of his death. On April 19th, a tugboat on the San … Continue reading How Did This Tugboat Crewmember Lose His Life?

How Did This 3-Year-Old Die in a Boating Accident?

Last month, a 3-year-old boy was on a fishing trip with his family at Canyon Ferry Lake in Montana. He was playing on a cement boat launch that had an extended dock, which is usually pulled in the water. However, the water levels were particularly low, so the boat launch had been stored to the … Continue reading How Did This 3-Year-Old Die in a Boating Accident?

The U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Man in an Inflatable Bubble—Again!

The U.S. Coast Guard had an interesting run-in in 2014 with a man running in an inflatable bubble just off the coast of Miami, Florida. The vessel, which the Coast Guard has named a “HydroPod,” resembles more of a hamster wheel with a transparent plastic bubble in the middle and is made to run on … Continue reading The U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Man in an Inflatable Bubble—Again!

Why is This Tugboat Worker Suing Tappan Zee Constructors?

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 … Continue reading Why is This Tugboat Worker Suing Tappan Zee Constructors?

Why are Passengers Calling Royal Caribbean a Nightmare Cruise Line?

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. … Continue reading Why are Passengers Calling Royal Caribbean a Nightmare Cruise Line?

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