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Barge Accidents

Because of their large size and the heavy machinery used on barges, workers dangerous conditions when lugging goods up and down rivers, canals, and inlets.

There are numerous ways in which one can be injured on a barge. This is no surprise, considering the diversity of goods shipped, the sheer weight of machinery on the barge, and the barge’s immense size. Some possible hazards include faulty or defective equipment, poorly trained crew, chemical exposure, fire or explosion, slip, trip and fall injuries, drowning, and wrongful death.

Dangerous Conditions

  • Moving parts and heavy machinery can cause injuries to hands, feet or limb if they are caught or crushed.
  • Traumatic brain and head injuries can occur from heavy falling items.
  • Rusty airtight tanks remove oxygen from the environment, and workers can asphyxiate if they shut the door or become trapped.
  • Cranes are also potentially deadly because they can collapse under the immense weight, drop heavy or dangerous cargo onto workers below, and knock people overboard.
  • Sometimes the materials transported on barges are hazardous. These chemicals, gases, or liquids can be dangerous if not properly handled.
  • Fires and explosions can be devastating and fatal, and so it is important for employers and supervisors to maintain all electrical equipment, hazardous or flammable material containers, and tools on board.
  • Wet surfaces, mechanical problems, dangerous behavior, and missing safety equipment can all result in falls overboard and drownings.
  • Collisions

Richard Serpe | Jones Act & Maritime Injury Lawyer

Maritime accidents are governed under a distinct set of laws, and not just any attorney can handle Jones Act and maritime cases. An experienced maritime lawyer can fight to get the results, the settlement and the financial compensation you deserve for your care.

Master of Laws in Maritime

Attorney Richard Serpe has a Master of Laws in maritime (LLM) law from Tulane University School of Law and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

Richard Serpe has years of experience in protecting the rights of injured workers; 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.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime-related accident, you should have an experienced maritime lawyer by your side. Contact us for your free, no obligation consultation. Call or text us anytime at 757-233-0009.

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