For maritime workers, transferring from a vessel to another vessel, dock, platform or rig can be challenging and dangerous, especially when the proper safety precautions aren’t followed and/or when inexperienced workers are at the helm, operating the basket or otherwise running the show. Falls, drops, impacts, and drownings are just a few of the injuries that can occur when something goes wrong during a vessel transfer.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an offshore vessel transfer accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain, suffering, medical treatment and any financial losses resulting for your inability to work. The Lambert Firm has represented injured maritime workers in New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region for more than 40 years. Our clients know they can depend on our experienced maritime accident attorneys to maximize a maritime settlement or force the defendants to pay after trial.
Types of Vessel Transfers
For many offshore workers, getting to the job site often means traveling by boat to a vessel, rig or platform. Transferring workers from one vessel to another vessel or rig, is accomplished by many different methods, which involved various types of ladders, ropes, baskets and gangways, all of which need to be rigged, manned, secured and/or operated appropriately to ensure a safe transfer. A few common types of vessel transfers include:
- Crew boat to cargo vessel via Jacob’s ladder
- Gangways between vessels, platforms, docks and rigs
- Crew boat to platform/rig via personnel basket or widow maker
Vessel Transfer Injuries
Each mode of transfer presents its own risks, and there are many ways a worker can be injured during a vessel transfer. A few common injuries during vessel transfers include:
- The worker loses their grip or footing
- Crew changes during severe weather
- Equipment malfunctions due to poor maintenance
- Transferring too many people at one time
- Transfer operators improperly trained for transfer procedures
- Poor safety training
- Defective ropes, cords, ladders, rigging or handrails
- Slippery decks and other surfaces
- Lack of communication
- Collision with an object on the vessel or dock
Under maritime law, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the safety of their workers as they travel to and from the work site. When they fail to do so, serious injuries can occur, especially when workers are transferring from one vessel to another. Negligence on the part of crane operators, boat crews, dock owners and vessel owners leads to vessel transfer injuries.
Get the Help of an Experienced New Orleans Vessel Transfer Injury Lawyer
We want to make sure you receive fair and just compensation for your injuries. Don’t agree to a settlement until you’ve had a chance to speak with one of The Lambert Firm’s experienced offshore injury attorneys. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of maritime law. They have the knowledge and skill to bring together all the relevant facts and law, build an effective case, aggressively negotiate with the maritime employers and their insurers, and argue your case in front of a judge and/or jury once push comes to shove.
There are time limits for filing a claim for a vessel transfer injury. Don’t delay speaking with an experienced maritime lawyer. Call The Lambert Firm at 800-521-1750 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our New Orleans maritime injury lawyers are interested in hearing the details of your case and advising you on the best way to move forward with your claim.
We handle all our vessel transfer injury cases on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front costs for our clients – we only get paid if you get paid.