The shipping industry would be nothing without ports, and working in such a setting can be both exciting and lucrative. Unfortunately, though, they are among the most dangerous places to work in the maritime industry. Because docks and piers are filled with heavy equipment, employees and vehicles, they are all too often the backdrop to serious and even fatal accidents. While some are caused by unforeseen circumstances and acts of God, many accidents are due to negligence. When negligence is indeed to blame, you may be entitled to compensation.
Types of Port Accidents
Maritime jobs come with inherent risk. Industry workers are exposed to a number of unforgiving hazards in their daily life. A lack of situational awareness or a momentary lapse in attention can spell disaster. Ports are full of the comings and goings of dangerous materials and heavy equipment, making it a minefield for employees.
Unfortunately, some of the most frequent port accidents involve vehicular collisions. A distracted truck driver may not spot an ongoing loading process occurring as a forklift attempts to place another load onboard. When a gap appears between the cargo and the tractor trailer, the forklift can fall below the gap, causing serious damage to the equipment and the people operating it.
Other common port accidents include:
- Container accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Crane and winch accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
- Collisions between vessels and ports
- Structural collapse
- Gangway accidents
These are just a few of the most common kinds of port accidents, but the possibilities are endless. Thankfully, injured port workers have the right to workers compensation when hurt on the job. Unfortunately, though, the payments do not always cover all of the damage done in an accident. In such cases, injured maritime workers should consider consulting with an attorney, especially when their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence.
Maritime Attorney Richard Serpe
Attorney Richard Serpe has an advanced Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained Proctor in Admiralty (the highest ranking) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to sailors who were injured while performing their duties.
Richard Serpe has years of experience in protecting the rights of injured seamen. He knows how the insurers of commercial vessels 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, contact Richard Serpe to discuss your rights.