Offshore worker injuries
When working offshore on oil rigs, drilling units and shipping vessels, Georgia residents face numerous hazards that expose them to serious injuries. Many unsafe situations result from working with heavy-duty machinery that is powered by humans and from working on decades-old ship vessels. These problems lead to risks of offshore maritime accidents and injuries.
The danger of working on wet, slippery surfaces is the risk of slips and falls. Working on submersible and semi-submersible rigs increases the danger of being accidentally submerged and trapped in deep water. Furthermore, hazardous gases and chemicals are constantly being released and may lead to fires, explosions or electrical shocks.
What recourse is available to injured maritime workers?
Workers who are seriously injured while working on offshore units face a wide range of new challenges. They have to miss work while recovering at home or in a hospital and miss the wages that they otherwise could have earned. They also face the risk of developing a permanent disability. While state workers’ compensation programs don’t apply, there are federal statutes that do, including the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
There are other protections that are available to injured maritime workers that allow them to sue for damages that they have incurred in an offshore accident that was caused at least in part by the negligence of their employer. One of these is the Jones Act that covers workers on ships, fishing boats, barges, dredges, and tugboats.
The offshore maritime industry is a dangerous field that is never left free of accidents and injuries. If you or a loved one have been harmed, it is advisable to meet with an attorney who has experience in this particular practice area.