Coast Guard Airlifts Two Workers Injured on UK Tanker

Coast Guard Airlifts Two Workers Injured on UK Tanker

The US Coast Guard issued a news release that stated its San Diego station conducted a medevac of two injured crewmembers from the ENERGY CONQUEROR, a United Kingdom-flagged tanker, on January 18, 2013. The two crewmembers, both Russian citizens, were injured when a cable split. According to the release, a 51-year-old crewmember suffered severe lacerations, head injuries and possible internal injuries, and a 55-year-old crewmember suffered leg injuries.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from the Coast Guard’s San Diego station flew to the tanker’s location 130 miles southwest of “America’s Finest City.” The release stated that the Coast Guard Cutter Active also assisted with the medevac.

A cable splitting is a classic example of an unseaworthy piece of equipment.   Under the law of unseaworthiness, the vessel owner is responsible for providing a vessel and equipment that is seaworthy and if the vessel owner provides unseaworthy equipment and a person is injured as a result, the person is entitled to damages for his injuries.   Defective equipment and failure to maintain equipment are two of the most common causes of tanker accidents. Some of the multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements our firm has secured for clients include a $2.5 million verdict for an oiler who had his leg crushed while working on a 650-foot tanker.

We have additional information about the Jones Act and unseaworthiness available on our website, and you could be entitled compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering and mental anguish, if you or a loved one sustained injuries while working on a tanker. Contact our firm at (800) 392-6072 to schedule a free consultation or fill out the form on this page to have our Jones Act attorneys review your case.

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Latti & Anderson’s Little Extra: According to the US Department of Transportation, the Coast Guard has saved 56,511 lives since 2000.

2 thoughts on “Coast Guard Airlifts Two Workers Injured on UK Tanker”

  1. This is a tragic example of the risks posed when equipment is not inspected and maintained properly. The wear and tear on these ships and equipments is immense considering its exposure to weather elements and saltwater. Employers working with these vessels must be diligent in equipment inspections if they are serious about preventing these workplace injuries.

  2. This a very serious incident and it sounds like it may have been avoidable. The vessel owner could have at least taken steps to reduce the chances of this type of accident. Employers must diligently inspect equipment and working conditions to reduce worker injury and fatality.

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