Maritime Workers and Occupational Health and Safety Requirements

There are several federal laws that regulate maritime worker safety, including the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and general maritime law. But there’s another federal law that also sets safety standards for the maritime industry. That is the Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) Act, which is implemented by the federal Occupational […]
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What Federal Law Applies to Offshore Drilling Injuries?

Dozens of offshore oil-and-gas production platforms were evacuated in the Gulf of Mexico last month to protect workers from Hurricane Harvey. According to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as of August 29, 2017, workers from 102 platforms (out of 737 manned platforms in the Gulf) and 5 drilling rigs (out of 10) […]
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Louisiana Has Most Distracted Drivers in U.S.

Be careful when driving in Louisiana, because drivers here aren’t always paying attention. In fact, Louisiana has the most distracted drivers in the country, according to a recently released study. (That’s also one of the reasons that Louisiana has the second-most expensive car insurance premiums, averaging $1,921.) Between 2011-2015, there were 26,977 people injured because […]
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Car Crashes Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Teens

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, 2,333 teens between the ages of 16-19 were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and in 2014, there were 221,313 teens treated in emergency rooms for car accident injuries. […]
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Seamen, Maritime Workers Should Prepare for Hurricane Season

It’s officially hurricane season, and seamen and other maritime workers need to take extra precautions. In fact, forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that the 2017 hurricane season will be more active than normal. While no hurricanes have formed yet, tropical storm Cindy recently made landfall in Louisiana before weakening into a […]
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Company Asks Court to Determine Whether Injured Worker Is Seaman

An Assumption Parish man and Viral Investments, LLC (doing business as DHD Offshore Services) can’t agree on whether the man is an “injured seaman” within the meaning of the Jones Act. In fact, the company has filed a complaint for a declaratory judgment, which essentially means that it is asking a court to say that […]
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Two Recently Filed Jones Act Lawsuits

Maritime workers who are injured on the job may bring a claim under the Jones Act, a federal law that protects injured seamen and allows them to recover damages from negligent employers. (A seaman is someone who performs a significant amount of work on an offshore vessel.) The Jones Act covers everyone, from the most […]
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Asbestos Exposure

Professions at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

There are inherent risks involved in a number of professions (like playing professional football or working on an oil rig), but there are some risks you might not always think about. One example is exposure to asbestos. While asbestos use is strictly regulated, Louisiana law permits the use of asbestos in certain products. For more […]
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