Tug and Barge Accidents
Working on a tug boat is dangerous. These boats are designed to have enough power to tow multiple barges and move through water pulling a heavy load. There are numerous opportunities throughout a trip beginning with loading when one of the crew may be injured. Some of the most common accidents that may happen on tugs and barges include:
- Fall from a slippery deck
- Fall overboard
- Crush between the tug and dock
- Slip while jumping from one barge to the next
- Hit by a wire
- Entanglement in the steel wires
- Injury from lifting heavy chains and shackles
A dangerous job like manning a tug can become even riskier when the owner doesn’t provide quality equipment or when safety rules are ignored or crew members aren’t properly trained.
Injuries common to tug boat and barge accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Neck and back injuries
- Crushed limbs
Thanks to the Jones Act, maritime law protects workers who are injured due to the negligence of the owners of the boating company. Owners of these boats are required to provide a safe environment within reason. If an employee is injured while working on a tug or barge, they are entitled to receive compensation for medical costs and lost wages.
It can be a challenge to determine who is at fault in a maritime accident. Proof of negligence is often necessary for a personal injury claim to be successful. Thanks to laws like The Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act, injured workers and families of deceased workers can receive due compensation. However, it still requires the skills of an experienced maritime attorney in many instances. If you have been seriously injured or the family member of an injured worker, you need to contact as soon as possible to find out how we can help.