The incident happened when our clients' loved one was working for an offshore dredging company. He was cleaning hatches with a wire wheel to prepare the vessel for a Load Line Certification Inspection when he fell overboard into the frigid water. 15 minutes later, his co-worker (the only other person on the vessel) saw him lying in the water. The crew member tried to save him, but he was unsuccessful.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the incident, citing the Defendant company for leaving the edges of the vessel unsecured and without any kind of ladder or another lifesaving device for workers to use in the event of a fall overboard. Without any way to pull himself out of the water, our clients' loved one didn't stand a chance.
Too often, we see what happens when employers and vessel owners cut corners to maximize production and profits: offshore workers are seriously injured,1 and families are left without loved ones. Our firm will fight to demand answers and hold this company responsible for its negligence.