What Are the Most Common Types of Maritime Accidents?

Photo of an offshore construction platform for oil and gas production

Photo of an offshore construction platform for oil and gas productionWhen all safety protocols are followed and all workers are properly trained, the maritime industry should not be any more dangerous than any other. However, heavy equipment, chemical exposure and simply working on the open ocean offer hazards that can cause devastating accidents. Here are some of the most common types of maritime accidents and an explanation of what to do if you become a victim.

  1. Offshore oil rig accidents. Oil industry workers are exposed to a wide variety of dangers, including explosions, chemical exposure, heavy equipment malfunctions and even hazards as simple as slippery floors and catwalks. Oil rig mishaps often lead to high-profile disasters, including the well-known Deepwater Horizon explosion and smaller disasters like the recent Lake Pontchartrain oil platform explosion.
  2. Commercial fishing mishaps. Commercial fishing is one of the most hazardous industries. Inexperienced or negligent fishermen can cause incidents that lead to mass injury and even death. Commercial fishermen are also exposed to dangers that are harder to control, like inclement weather.
  3. Accidents in shipyards. Longshoremen and harbor workers can experience accidents involving heavy equipment, negligence, grounding of ships and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  4. Cargo hauling accidents. These can occur on the shore or on the sea and can lead to catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.

Our law firm is skilled in handling litigation regarding maritime accidents. As a matter of fact, attorney Rusty Galloway spent some time working in the oil industry himself. He understands the ins and outs of the industry and knows which methods produce the greatest outcome for victims of maritime injuries. If you have suffered injury or lost a loved one in a maritime accident, our law firm is here to help.


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