Port of Beaumont, Texas
The Port of Beaumont, Texas is a leading port in the Gulf of Mexico with total trade of 94,403,631 short tons annually. It is accessible through the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel which is 400 feet wide and 40 feet deep to allow for large vessels. The Intracoastal Waterway connects it to the Mississippi River which allows access to inland cities such as Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, Chicago, and Minneapolis. It dates back to 1908 when a canal was dredged connecting Beaumont to the Port Arthur Ship Channel. It was deepened to 25 feet in 1916, to 30 feet in 1922 and in the 1960s became 40 feet in depth.
The port offers a variety of features to accommodate many types of shipments. It provides access to bulk cargo terminals, freight forwarders, comprehensive shipyard services and many other facilities. It has access to five major roads and three railroads. A new state-of-the-art petroleum terminal, Jefferson Energy Beaumont Terminal, covers 250 acres and is designed specifically to handle the complex needs of the refining industry.
Working on vessels and in shipyards is a dangerous occupation. Accidents may occur due to hazardous conditions. When they do, injuries are likely to be serious. Some of the reported accidents here include:
- In 2013 a worker died in a shipyard accident. The man was performing repair on a barge that reportedly contained nitrogen. He apparently died of suffocation from toxic chemicals in a confined space.
- A collision between a ship carrying petroleum products and a barge resulted in an oil spill that shut down the area for four days for cleanup. The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) determined that pilot error and fatigue played a role in the crash. No people were injured.
Companies are responsible for ensuring a safe workplace. They must provide safe equipment and train employees on how to properly use tools and machinery. A supervisor should oversee workers and halt operations if an unsafe condition is encountered. When an injury occurs, it may be due to the negligence of the company by not taking the steps necessary for employee safety.
If you were injured in an accident in a barge or shipyard accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The Jones Act protects maritime employees, allowing them to take legal action against negligent employers. Contact our office today using the online form to discuss your case.