Tugboat Accident Attorneys
Houston Law Firm Serving Injured Offshore Workers Nationwide
Tugboats allow various goods to be transported to shore. Unfortunately, however, seamen on tugboats are especially vulnerable to accidents. The nature of the modern tugboat, which combines maximum horsepower, stability, and a high fuel capacity, leaves open many opportunities for tripping, falling, and serious accidents with towlines and winches. Some of the most serious accidents occur when crew members transfer between the barge and the tug boat. At Arnold & Itkin, our lawyers have extensive experience with all kinds of tugboat accidents. We know the kind of serious accidents that arise from human error, insufficient crew training, and inadequate or worn equipment. Tugboat workers are protected by the Jones Act and federal maritime regulations, which guarantee seaman a right to a seaworthy vessel.
Common Causes of Tugboat Accidents
Common causes of tugboat accidents include when the tugboat collides with docks, the shore, sandbars, or other obstacles in the water. Other accidents take place as crews make the difficult transition from barge tow to the dock or back to the tug.
In addition, accidents may take place due to slippery conditions on deck from bad weather conditions or hydraulic leaks.
Some of the most serious injuries on board a tug come from the tow lines and winches. The very strength of these lines and winches is exactly what makes them so dangerous if they sweep the deck. In addition, frayed or weak lines can part, resulting in a dangerous situation when the barge detaches. For more than 100 years, seamen have suffered back injuries from working with these lines. In modern times, there are light-weight, high-strength lines that can protect workers; unfortunately, many modern maritime companies refuse to pay for them.
Another source of tug boat and barge accidents is inadequate staff. When maritime companies don't fully staff their vessels, it can lead to overwork and fatigue, conditions that will cause seamen to make mistakes they wouldn't have otherwise made. Inadequate staff also means the vessel will be undermanned in the case of an emergency, and seamen will be unable to respond as quickly and capably as possible.
Contact a Maritime Injury Lawyer Today: (888) 493-1629
At Arnold & Itkin, we know the work seamen perform on tugboats and barges is valuable, important, and dangerous. Marine companies have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment, an adequately staffed crew, and a seaworthy vessel. If you've been injured in a tug boat or barge accident, we can help! Our lawyers get results. We have recovered billions for our clients. This is a level of experience you can trust.
Want to know more? Give our firm a call as soon as possible at (888) 493-1629. We offer free case reviews.