According to NJ.com, two dockworkers were injured recently when a straddle truck at the APM Port Elizabeth terminal caught fire, as the blaze spread to a shipping container the vehicle was carrying. The newspaper noted that the fire occurred at the same terminal where a female dockworker was killed by a coworker who was allegedly…

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The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that a longshoreman died at the Port of Los Angeles on August 12 when his vehicle collided with a rig that is used to move cargo containers. According to the news outlet, the victim, 45, was driving a Ford Ranger at the site that collided with a utility tractor rig.…

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Are you shipyard, harbor, longshore or dockworker? If you are, then you may understand that your job can be dangerous as accidents occur regularly among maritime workers on land in the U.S. You should know that because of this, you might have protections under the Longshore Act or other laws, if you are injured on…

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Can the Most Common Shipyard Injury Be Reduced? The Naval Sea System Command statistics show that overexertion, repetitive motion and other ergonomic injuries are the most common shipyard accidents. As this is the case, the U.S. Navy is looking into technology that could reduce these common injuries. The solution might be on-the-job exoskeletons. Currently, Special…

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Can Sandblasting Lead to Health and Safety Violations at a Shipyard? The shipbuilding company VT Halter Marine’s in Pascagoula, Mississippi is set to pay a civil fine of $144,545 to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for several violations, including allowing sandblasting particles and paint to become airborne. Complaints had been launched against the owner…

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Recently, a towing vessel anchored next to two Kirby barges at the Oil Recovery Company Gas Freeing Terminal (ORC), unaware that the barges were being cleared of residual diesel, sparked a fire that spread to the barges and finally resulted in explosions. Three sustained serious burn injuries. How Did This Explosion Happen at an ORC…

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Published in the Massachusetts Bar Association, Section Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2005 Witness statements are customarily considered to be protected attorney work product. However, there is an important exception to this doctrine. Mass.R.Civ.P. 26(b)(3) provides that documents prepared in anticipation of litigation are discoverable “upon a showing that the party seeking discovery has substantial…

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City Man Awarded $1.5 Million in Suit City Man Awarded $1.5 Million In Suit By Melissa Bane Gloucester Daily Times October 13, 1992 A Gloucester man was awarded nearly $1.5 million last week in a personal injury case stemming from a 1989 accident on the job in Newington, NH. The verdict which awarded $1,426,000 to…

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By Donna Halvorsen Portland Press Herald U.S. District Court jury awarded nearly $1.9 million Tuesday to a Sanford man who was struck in the neck five years ago when a hunting companion’s Smith and Wesson revolver went off accidentally. “Happy, very happy” was the reaction of Richard Stacey Jr., 26, who was paralyzed as a…

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