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An accident involving an excavator at Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia has left one person dead. According to reports, when rescue workers arrived the employee had already passed away from his injuries.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), shipyard work is traditionally hazardous and has an injury-accident rate more than twice that of the general construction industry. Shipyard workers are constantly exposed to dangerous working conditions such as enclosed spaces, high temperatures, dangerous machinery, hazardous materials, in addition to performing these tasks near water. These conditions demand competence and professionalism from both employees and employers– anything less places lives at risk.

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Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of law after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Contact Richard Serpe for a free case evaluation.

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The Port of Oakland in California is celebrating a record-low rate of injuries and fatalities among its dockworkers. Safety reports show that there were 108 injuries and zero fatalities in the year 2014. That’s down 50% from a 2002 report, showing 202 injuries at the Port of Oakland. The port’s director attributed the success to high safety standards. In spite of larger ships with more and more cargo coming into the port in short periods of tie, injuries are down.

Maritime jobs can be incredibly dangerous. Dockworkers face a wide array of marine hazards, including colliding cargo, malfunctioning equipment and unsafe loading and unloading of vessels. Still, many people rely on this kind of work to support their families – they deserve to be as safe as any other employee in any other line of work.

Ports are busy places, with cargo being loaded and unloaded virtually all day and night. Working in such an environment – one with heavy machinery and potentially slippery decks – means that dockworkers are frequently at risk of injury. Some workers slip or trip, while others are struck by heavy objects. Whatever the cause of the injury, dockworkers often need financial and legal support following an accident.

The Port of Oakland is indeed a leader in its field when it comes to maritime safety. The more ports emphasize safety in all their policies, the better off their employees will be. Workplace safety not only ensures healthy, efficient workers, but prevents any lapses in work due to dangerous accidents.

Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime accident, contact an experienced maritime lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of law after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Contact Richard Serpe for a free case evaluation.

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A towboat on the Ohio River recently capsized and sank, according to the United States Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard shut down the waterway for nearly five miles in order to locate the vessel, which at the time of this writing was unknown. It is believed that the towboat contains several thousand gallons of fuel. The cause of the sinking was also unknown.

This is a very concerning accident; we assume that the ships and boats on our waterways are safe and seaworthy, but often they have no business being on the water. It’s possible that this boat was unseaworthy and should not have been taken out on the Ohio River. Hopefully investigators can locate the sunken ship and remove it from the river before any serious damage takes place.

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Ship owners have a responsibility to make sure their vessels are not dangerous. If you’ve a seaman and have been injured because of an unseaworthy vessel, you may want to contact an experienced maritime accident lawyer. A maritime injury lawyer can help you determine what to do next, and can help you recover the damages to which you may be entitled in such an event.

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of law after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Contact Richard Serpe for a free case evaluation.

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A tugboat captain was killed recently in a boat accident off the coast of New York State, sources report.

The vessel, a 1991 62-foot Sea Bear tugboat, was off Fire Island, N.Y. when it began to sink at around two in the afternoon. Three crew members were able to put on their survival suits, but tragically the captain of the ship was unable to do so. The four crew members were forced to leave the tugboat and jump into 37-degree water. The Coast Guard subsequently rescued the three crew members, while a nearby tugboat crew later found the captain who was later pronounced dead.

The four crew members were working on a dredging project when the accident happened.

Maritime industries are by nature dangerous, but it is still a shocking tragedy to learn of a death. It’s unclear what caused this sinking, but one could question the vessel’s seaworthiness.

Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime accident, contact an experienced maritime lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of law after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Contact Richard Serpe for a free case evaluation.

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The Houston Ship Channel recently reopened after a serious collision between two vessels after a delay in which a chemical-filled tanker was properly disposed of.

The accident occurred between the bulk carrier Conti Peridot and a tanker, the Carla Maersk. After the collision, the carrier was quickly moved to a nearby terminal, but the tanker—with cargo onboard that included chemicals—had to be disposed of carefully, involving the removal of part of its cargo in order to avoid water contamination. Inspection and repair of the vessels is ongoing.

Collisions and events like these are all-too-common in the maritime world; as an experienced maritime injury lawyer, I’ve seen the results of such accidents, and the injuries that result from them can be terrible. Vessel owners and captains need to ensure that their ships and boats are piloted and operated safely and without danger to crew and passengers.

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If you’re a maritime worker and you’ve been injured in an accident, you may want to speak with an experienced maritime and Jones Act attorney.  A maritime lawyer can help you move forward with your case, and help you recover lost wages and payment for medical bills in the event of a devastating injury.