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National Maritime Day to Shine Light on Industry Safety

At the end of every May, families head to the beach to celebrate Memorial Day. Although the holiday has come to represent the beginning of summer, it was meant to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives in combat. While Memorial Day certainly gets the majority of the nation’s attention in May, there’s another holiday to celebrate before the end of this month: National Maritime Day is May 22nd.

Established in 1933 to honor the first steamship’s crossing from the United States to England, Maritime Day is a time to celebrate all things nautical. Because our country has such a rich naval background, it makes sense to look back at all the accomplishments achieved by mariners throughout American history. Beyond military history, National Maritime Day is a chance for us all to consider the way the maritime industry impacts our day to day lives.

The Trip to Your Doorstep

Think about any present you might have recently ordered online. Chances are good, at least part of the gift was shipped overseas on a container ship. If you’re buying something from abroad, the package itself may have been loaded aboard a ship. Entire industries depend upon such ships to provide goods to people around the world.

However, this is a side to consumerism that we rarely witness first-hand, and the men and women who make up the maritime industry are often sold short. Their jobs are inherently dangerous, with slippery decks, heavy machinery and unpredictable weather to deal with. Even when not in immediate  danger, these workers are often far from home, away from their families for months at a time.

Inherent Danger, Inherent Risk

This National Maritime Day, take some time to learn more about the maritime industry and how it functions. You might be surprised to learn just how much of our daily lives are impacted by the work done by mariners. Of course, no one knows this better than mariners and their families. Self-advocacy in the face of hardship can be difficult, though, which is why Richard Serpe has spent his career fighting for the rights of maritime workers.

With a Masters degree (LLM) in maritime law, Richard has received the highest ranking possible (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. His office is located mere minutes from several local shipyards and ship repair facilities in Norfolk. If you or someone you love has been hurt while working in the maritime industry, there’s no better way to celebrate National Maritime Day than by scheduling a confidential consultation with our offices.

A Newport News shipyard worker is recovering from injuries after taking a scary fall at work earlier this month. The April 14, 2018 accident occurred around 12:30 PM when the employee fell one deck down through a hole in the ship upon which he was working, the USNS Pless. Though his colleagues were able to bring the man up from where he had fallen, they struggled to get him off the ship. Fire officials were called in for assistance.

The shipyard’s crane and the fire department’s strokes basket were employed to help rescue the man. He was taken off the ship and treated by medics. Reports indicate that he was then taken to a local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.

Slips, Trips and Falls

Shipyard workers are exposed to a number of hazards in their daily work. Unfortunately, though, even the most minor of hazards are often the things to cause the most serious accidents. Decks of ships become slippery in inclement weather and can cause slips. Equipment cords can make clear travel across walkways difficult, causing trips. And unexpected gaps and holes in a construction area can make for serious falls.

Workplace Injuries

The good news is that shipyard workers have options following injuries at work. In many cases, they qualify for worker’s compensation to cover the costs of medical bills and time off of work for recuperation. Anyone who struggles to get the compensation they deserve after an accident in a shipyard should consider reaching out to an attorney for assistance.

Virginia Maritime Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident while working on a barge, or have lost a loved one in a barge accident, you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime lawfrom Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

If you’d like to setup a free consultation with Virginia Maritime Injury Lawyer Richard Serpe,
call us at 877-544-5323 or click here to send us an email.

Cranes have arrived at the Port of Virginia to begin a $695 million expansion project. A ship with the first of the rail-mounted gantry cranes arrived Friday at the port. The expansion will bring growth to the capacity that the port has room for cargo-containers. It also potentially means fewer delays for truck drivers picking up and delivering freight.

They’ll come if you build it

CEO John Reinhart told reporters back in 2015 that the port was struggling to keep up with demand. The size of the port could not handle the increased demands for business. As he told WAVY, the port suffered the opposite problem of the movie “The Field of Dreams,” in which a man builds a baseball field to attract players. “We’ve got the reverse. They’re coming and we haven’t built the field. We’ve got a lot of work to do, so we’ve just got to get it going” he said.

$1.5 Million Boost

The project has been aided by a $1.5 million investment from the Federal Highway Administration. The money has helped fund a state-of-the-art truck reservation system designed to help combat long wait times previously experienced by drivers. With too many trucks and too much freight, the port simply could not keep up. That’s all changing with the expansion. The improved infrastructure will hopefully eliminate the long waits and encourage productivity amongst all workers at the port.

While it is unlikely that the problems facing the port will disappear overnight, the expansion brings hope to many who depend on the facility to earn their living.

Virginia Maritime Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident while working on a barge, or have lost a loved one in a barge accident, you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime lawfrom Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

If you’d like to setup a free consultation with Virginia Maritime Injury Lawyer Richard Serpe,
call us at 877-544-5323 or click here to send us an email.

Two workers are recovering from serious injuries they sustained on a job site last month. The incident occurred around 9:00 AM the morning of December 13, 2017. They were involved in an accident while working on a floating platform on the York River. Sources report that the employees were struck by a an inflatable plug that became dislodged from a floating pipe. Both were considered to be in serious condition when transported to local hospitals.

OSHA Investigations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will have up to six months to investigate this incident. Initial reports indicate that the incident will be investigated as a workplace accident. This is far from Corman Marine Construction’s first experience with OSHA. They were reported earlier in 2017 for safety concerns, but the investigation concluded after one day.

The investigation will aim to understand how the incident occurred, if the company violated any safety regulations during the completion of the project, and what fault, if any, lies with the injured workers. The results of the investigation could determine the kinds of damages could be owed to the employees.

Machinery and Equipment Accidents

Maritime workers are exposed to all kinds of dangerous machinery in their daily routines. Injuries to hands and feet are common, as extremities are constantly exposed to moving machinery. Head injuries are also possible, since heavy equipment can fall from great heights. Falling off equipment, being pinned under machinery and electric shocks are all possible for maritime workers.

Virginia Maritime Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident while working on a barge, or have lost a loved one in a barge accident, you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime lawfrom Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

If you’d like to setup a free consultation with Virginia Maritime Injury Lawyer Richard Serpe,
call us at 877-544-5323 or click here to send us an email.

Following three consecutive years of deadly Independence Day weekend boating accidents, Lake Anna residents are pushing for an increased law enforcement presence. “Egregious” violations of the rules have led to more accidents than usual, locals recently told reporters.

The Lake Anna civic association is pushing for more police presence on particularly busy weekends on the lake. When the lake gets crowded, locals say, people become less considerate of others. Alcohol is consumed on the water more frequently in these cases, and boats become overloaded with more people than they were designed for.

Unsurprisingly, this often leads to deadly accidents. This year’s 4th of July weekend saw a fatal accident in which a boat had to swerve last minute to avoid a collision. A man on board the swerving boat was ejected from the vessel and died from his injuries. Similar accidents have occurred in four of the last five Independence Day Weekends.

As one of the largest freshwater lakes in Virginia, Lake Anna is a popular spot for recreational boating. Accidents there have steadily increased through the years as the lake has become more popular.

Everything from kayaks to yachts to jet skis roam the lake in the summer months. Many states limit the kinds of vessels that are allowed within 200 feet of the shoreline, leading many locals to assume that folks from Maryland and Pennsylvania go out of their way to make a trip to Lake Anna.

Whatever the reason, we can only hope that increased police presence will put a stop to the violence on the lake.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. He knows how the insurers will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability, even if it is at the expense of decent treatment for the injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, call us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.