Maritime News & Info

Among the most dangerous kinds of accidents maritime workers face is the line handling accident. These kinds of incidents occur when workers stand near pinch points, spots where lines meet fixed objects. Loose gloves and clothing often get caught in pinch points. Though not many details have been released, it appears a New York tugboat crew member was injured in a line handling accident last week.

That’s the news out of New York City, where the tugboat Mister T  was helping to move another vessel. First responders say they received a call around 9:00 PM the night of April 13, 2017. A 27-year-old crew member was adjusting a line when his arm was caught. When the tugboat moved, his arm was severed.

Harbor Unit officers responded to the call and applied a tourniquet to the man to stop the bleeding. Unfortunately, the arm fell into the water during the accident and could not be recovered. The injured  crew member is recovering in the hospital.

Line handling accidents like this one account for many serious injuries each year. In fact, they’re the second leading cause of significant injuries in the towing industry. Only falls account for more serious accidents and injuries.

Crew aboard a tugboat face a number of work hazards. Heavy equipment, slippery decks and constantly changing weather conditions can spell disaster for even the most careful of crew members. The workers must place a tremendous amount of trust in their employers that a safe work environment will be provided. Though common sense is required of such crew members, employers hold a big responsibility in fostering a safe place to work.

No one should risk their health in order to earn a living and provide for their families. We send our best wishes out to the injured crew member as he recovers.

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A shipyard worker had to be rescued after a fall in Chesapeake last week. Reports say that the Chespeake Fire Department was on site at the Elizabeth River Terminals February 15, 2017. They received a call about an employee there who had taken a spill and injured their leg. They discovered the worker had been 60 feet down from the top of the ship’s deck when he slipped and hurt himself.

A rescue basket had to be attached to a crane to rescue the injured man. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No updates have been given on his condition.

We send best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the victim. The days following an accident like this can be troubling to say the least. The victim may want to consider reach out to an experienced Virginia maritime lawyer.

Maritime workers face danger in the workplace on a near daily basis. If safety is not the first priority of the company, their employees could be seriously injured – or even killed. Because of the complicated mechanics of the average shipyard, there are untold dangers beyond the typical workplace safety hazards. A slippery, wet floor in a hotel might be dangerous for employees who might slip and fall, but a slippery floor at a shipyard could result in a fatality. That’s why OSHA keeps such a close eye on terminals and their employees.

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A flash fire is to blame for the hospitalization of three shipyard workers. The incident occurred at the Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk around 4:30 in the afternoon last Saturday, October 29th. Fire and rescue workers received word that a fire had broke out in the engine room of a dry docked ship.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, three men needed treatment for their burns. They were taken to the hospital where they were treated in the trauma unit. The fire was under control by 5:30 PM, reports indicate.

The cause of the fire is still a mystery, but the incident remains under investigation. Some speculate that something sparked in the engine room, which might have set off the hydraulic fluid and caused a fire. We wish the recovering workers a full and speedy recovery.

Workplace incidents like this highlight the inherent danger in shipyard employment. Even in relatively safe conditions like a dry docked vessel, danger can strike. That’s why it is so critical that employers do as much as they can to protect their workers. Creating a safe environment for employees isn’t just the right thing to do morally, it’s the law.

No one should have to put their lives on the line for work, but that’s exactly what these three injured workers have experienced. In exchange for providing for themselves and their family, their honest day of work turned into a nightmare.

These workers will likely need time off work to fully recover from their injuries. Fewer shifts mean a smaller paycheck. With the help of an attorney, injured workers can seek compensation for these lost wages.

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. has helped victims injured in accidents for over 30 years. If you or your loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free consultation. Their is no obligation, and you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case.

The search is on for a missing 25-year-old man last seen tubing in Ocean View on Thursday, August 11. He and some friends were tubing on the Chesapeake Bay when a current pushed the man into the water. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident, but friends say he is a strong swimmer. The Coast Guard, along with friends and family have extended their search from the Little Creek Channel all the way up through 21st Bay Street.

Tubing is a fun activity – the risks seem fairly limited. But to riders both experienced and inexperienced, tubing can quickly turn from summer fun to deadly serious. Tubing is often done on lakes and rivers, but on the ocean, it becomes much more focused on speed and power. Accidents are bound to happen.

We send our thoughts out to the family and friends still searching for this man. We can only hope he’ll return home safely.

If you decide to go tubing, always wear a life jacket. Even the strongest of swimmers can become quickly overwhelmed by the open ocean. Experts recommend wearing bright colors in the water when you’re tubing so the boat towing you can easily spot you if you fall off. Designate one person on board as a spotter. They’ll keep their eye on you as you ride, so that even if you fall off your tube, the person will know exactly where you’re at in the water.

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Maritime environments are no different. If you’ve been injured an experienced maritime and Jones Act attorney can help you recover the damages related to your injury. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

A 20 ft. recreational boat overturned yesterday on the York River. Two people, a woman and a girl just nine-years-old, were killed in the accident. The victims had been fishing with four other people when the boat capsized. The two were trapped under the boat and drowned. Both were wearing life jackets at the time of the accident. Investigators are still working to understand exactly how the boat overturned, but they suspect strong winds and rough waters are to blame. The other people involved in the accident were not seriously hurt.

We send our condolences to the family and friends of the victims. A fun afternoon fishing on the river should never end with such tragedy. Even when doing everything right, like wearing your life jacket, nature can strike at any moment.

Contributing factors

Boating accidents like this one tend to have several potential causes. The top cause? Unsurprisingly, alcohol-impaired drivers are to blame for most of the deadly boating accidents. Operator inexperience and inattention are also frequently the catalyst for dangerous accidents. Lack of proper lookout, excessive speed and navigation rules violations round out the most common reasons for boating deaths.

Reducing the risks

Boating can be a fun and safe activity for the whole family. By staying alert and on guard, you’ll be able to prevent any kind of chain of events that lead to a serious accident. Taking the weather into consideration is just one of the many considerations you’ll need to take in before hitting the water. If you’re an inexperienced boater, save your trips for clear, calm days as you gain more hours on the water under your belt. Wearing a life jacket is another quick and easy way to prevent serious injury or even death. By making smart decisions before disaster strikes, you’ll be in a better place to react to changing conditions.

Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe – GET HELP

Maritime environments are no different. If you’ve been injured an experienced maritime and Jones Act attorney can help you recover the damages related to your injury. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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