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Orion Marine Group

Orion Marine Group is a Houston-based heavy civil marine contractor. The company offers an array of specialty industrial services in the US, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean region. In order to execute such projects, the entity operates an extensive fleet of specialized vessels and machinery.

Main Areas of Expertise and an Overview

The expert team specializes in the fields of marine transportation, pipeline construction, facility construction, dredging of waterways, environmental dredging, design and specialty services.

Over the past few years, this enterprise has seen a steady increase in revenue. In 2014, Yahoo Finance reported annual revenue of 382.8 million dollars. The number grew to 466.5 million dollars in 2015 and 578.24 million dollars in 2016.

Currently, this successful company employs 2,250 full-time workers. The median hourly salary paid is 13 dollars per hour with the amount growing on the basis of specialization and years of experience.

The Fleet

To offer its range of highly specialized services, the company relies on a diversified fleet. Currently, more than 400 pieces of specialized marine equipment are utilized for Orion operations. Some of the most prominent categories include the following:

  • Tug and push boats: the fleet features more than 60 of these vessels.
  • Spud barges: over 60 spud barges are operated in the execution of a diversified range of activities. Such vessels are predominantly used for the execution of shallow water projects.
  • Cranes: the company has over 200 cranes for specialized marine use. These are used in the execution of various construction projects.
  • Dredge fleet: portable and cutter suction dredges, as well as an electric emission-free dredge, are available. Most of these are equipped with electronic, real-time monitoring systems that are required to ensure labor efficiency.

Incidents and Worker Injuries

The company ranks among the ones that have a relatively good track record as far as employee safety is concerned. Since heavy machinery and specialized equipment have to be operated, however, multiple accidents have occurred through the years.

According to the company’s official website, accident prevention is a primary concern. Compliance with OSHA regulations and adherence to work rules are both ensured through skill development and the creation of adequate safety infrastructure.

Still, a couple of serious accidents have occurred in the past few years. In 2014, a Port of Olympia worker sustained serious injuries on the job. The man was on a dredging barge when the bucket he was working with shifted and hit him.

The man had to be airlifted to receive adequate hospital treatment. Previously, he was examined by paramedics on the barge to ensure the stability of the condition. The worker was conscious after he was struck by barge equipment.

Several other prominent accidents have occurred through the years:

  • A barge accident occurred in the spring of 2013. A barge carrying a crane struck the top of Brooks Bridge at Fort Walton Beach. Chunks of concrete fell from the bridge after the impact. Fortunately, nobody was injured during the accident.
  • In 2014, a worker called Travis Blakely decided to sue Orion for personal injury sustained on the job.
  • In the Jimenez v. Orion Marine Group case, a man was injured while repairing a bridge over navigable waters. Because of these conditions, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) applied. The court ruled out that because of the claimant’s professional responsibilities, the provisions of the act did apply to the accident.
  • A man claimed that his employer had failed to provide him with safe working conditions, thus invoking the provision of compensation under the Jones Act. Elton Moore was loading a cement saw into a trailer during the construction of a bridge. The accident caused neck, back, and leg injuries. Moore decided to sue Orion for both past and present physical pain.
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