Shipyards are bustling with laborers, equipment operators, engineers and technicians all working together to maintain, repair, dismantle, or scrap a vessel. Harbor workers, longshoremen, stevedores, crane operators, ship builders and breakers all work in shipyards around the country. These people face countless dangers every day from toxic chemicals, tight work spaces, dangerous equipment, inclement weather, and high work areas.
Because of all these inherent dangers, the injury rate for shipyard workers is much higher than other similar jobs like construction. Some of the most common shipyard injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Brain damage
- Severe burns
- Crush injuries
- Broken bones
- Pleural diseases
- Spinal cord injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Shipyard employers have a duty to provide the safest working condition possible including through safety training, safety protocols and procedures, and equipment repair and maintenance. When an employer fails to provide a safe working environment, they may be negligent.
Shipyard workers are protected from negligence under either the Jones Act, a federal maritime law that protects seamen, or the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, depending on the specific circumstances of their job. Under these laws, and civil negligence laws, an injured worker may be eligible for compensation for their injuries. Specifically, these workers may qualify for compensation for –
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Re-education or re-assignment expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
Additionally, if a worker is killed in a job-related accident, their family members may be able to file a wrongful death suit.
If you were injured or a family killed in a shipyard accident, speak to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in fighting for those employed in the commercial maritime industries, and we stand ready to fight for you. Fill out the form for more information about what we can do for you.