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Serving individuals injured at sea and on land since 1960.
Serving individuals injured at sea and on land since 1960.

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Safety Tips to Prevent and Fight Fishing Boat Fires: One of the last places you want to be when a fire breaks out is confined to a boat. You could become trapped, have to abandon ship or be the victim of an explosion if the fire reaches your vessel’s fuel supply. Therefore, for anyone who spends much time on the water, whether for business or pleasure, learning how to prevent and fight boat fires is extremely important. How to Prevent a Fishing Boat Fire Sport Fishing magazine published a few tips for fighting and preventing fires on boats: Add Breakers and Fuses – Fuses and breakers add an extra layer of protection to help lower the risk of an electrical fire. These devices absorb power surges and cut circuits to prevent fires from resulting due to electrical problems. Make sure that you have breakers and fuses installed on your boat. Trust Your Nose – If something smells odd, such... Read More » The post Safety Tips to Prevent and Fight Fishing Boat Fires appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2gGjlXg #FishingAccidents #FishingBoat #FireSafety #Fishing #SafetyTips
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Did Duck Boat Safety Issues Lead to the Boston Super Tours Shutdown?: The list of duck boat companies in Boston just got a little bit shorter. According to Boston magazine, Boston Super Tours closed its doors for good on October 30th. Boston Super Tours is the company behind Upper Deck Trolley Tours as well as Super Duck Tours, which was a competitor of Boston Duck Tours. However, unlike Boston Duck Tours, Super Duck Tours had yet to be involved in any incidents that raised questions about duck boat safety. Why Did Boston Super Tours Close? Super Duck Tours never had any major duck boat accidents, while Boston Duck Tours has had multiple incidents, including: A collision between a Boston Duck Tours boat and a scooter that claimed a 29-year-old woman’s life A Boston Duck Tours accident in Back Bay left a woman injured In addition to avoiding such safety problems, Super Duck Tours boats were more like buses than Boston Duck Tours... Read More » The post Did Duck Boat Safety Issues Lead to the Boston Super Tours Shutdown? appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2goBLsH #BoatingAccident #Boston #BostonSuperTours #DuckBoat #boating
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Will Refurbishing Dams and Seawalls Help Improve Boating Safety?: In early November, the state of Massachusetts introduced a program that will provide around $10 million in funding to refurbish seawalls and dams to improve boating safety. It is hoped that this funding will address the deterioration of coastal infrastructure that is critical to the safety of the region. Much of the funding, around $7.7 million, will go to protection projects for Plymouth, Salem, Marshfield, Yarmouth, Quincy and Scituate. Another $2.91 million will be used for safety upgrades for The Nature Conservancy, Attleboro, the Kestrel Land Trust, Holbrook, Fall River, the Sherwood Forest Lake District, Gardner, Westfield, Gloucester, Weymouth and the Jones River Watershed Association. The refurbishing projects will focus on engineering and construction necessary to repair seven dams, remove five dams and complete eight reconstruction projects designed to improve coastal protection throughout the area. How Will Updating Dams and Seawalls Improve Boating Safety? The following is a list of... Read More » The post Will Refurbishing Dams and Seawalls Help Improve Boating Safety? appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2ghhxnq #BoatingAccident #BoatingSafety #Dams #Massachusetts #Seawalls
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Do Commercial Fishermen Need More Safety Training?: Last week, New Bedford hosted a pair of boating safety training events for commercial fishermen, according to South Coast Today. The training sessions took place at the School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth on November 17 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and November 18 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The programs were led by certified marine safety instructors and there was no cost for commercial fishermen to attend. The events were sponsored by the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership and the Coast Guard. Types of Commercial Fishing Safety Information Covered in the New Bedford Training Sessions The training sessions each covered different topics. The November 17th event focused on safety and survival topics, including the following: Survival Suits Helicopter Hoist-and-Rescue Procedures On-Board Firefighting Emergency Aid Man-Overboard Procedures Flares and Emergency Positioning Devices Flooding and Pump Operations Life Raft Equipment The other event concentrated on drill conductor training,... Read More » The post Do Commercial Fishermen Need More Safety Training? appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2gCu5aH #FishingAccidents #BoatingSafety #CommercialFishing #NewBedford
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Are Tugboat Accidents Common?: Tugboats are one of the most important and busiest vessels in the maritime industry. They can be separated into three types, each with their own function: Oceangoing tugs Harbor tugboats River tugboats Most are used to help ships into and out of the water. Additionally, they come to the rescue of ships, the fight fires and break up ice. They can tow the weight of larger cruise ships and container ships, as well as tow oil rigs and other large maritime structures. Risks Associated with Tugboat Accidents Unfortunately, such an important job does not come without some risk, especially when the proper safety precautions are not taken. Tugboats are most commonly susceptible to the following types of maritime accidents: Capsizing—This most often occurs when there is an operational problem with the vessel. However, this types of accident most often leads to serious or fatal injuries. Mechanical failure—Tugs require a lot... Read More » The post Are Tugboat Accidents Common? appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2ghIw3r #TugboatAccidents #JonesAct
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Is It Dangerous to Ride in Duck Tour Boats?
Incidents involving duck tour boat accidents have been popping up over the last few years. In 2010, a river barge overran a duck boat that had stalled. Two people aboard the tour boat drowned as a result. Last year, a duck boat struck a pedestrian trying to cross the street. Those accidents are just the tip of the iceberg. Our blog includes much more information about duck tour boat safety problems: http://dlvr.it/Mgkdt9
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Should There Be a Law Requiring Workers to Wear Lifejackets on Commercial Fishing Boats: The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in the UK published separate reports on three commercial fishing accidents. In all cases, not one of the nine victims were wearing a lifejacket when they drowned. Per the report, at least four of these fishermen could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket when they were thrown into the water. Since some, if not all, of these deaths were preventable, the MAIB is recommending to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the United Kingdom’s version of the U.S. Coast Guard, introduces new legislation that makes it mandatory for fishermen to wear lifejackets while on commercial fishing vessels. Should the U.S. Require Commercial Fishermen to Wear Lifejackets? This year has been a particularly bad one in regards to the number of drownings in the U.S. as well as the U.K. While some speculate that increasing awareness and spreading education will encourage more... Read More » The post Should There Be a Law Requiring Workers to Wear Lifejackets on Commercial Fishing Boats appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2fNFWhZ #FishingAccidents #CommercialFishing
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Are Burn Injuries Common on Board Vessels?: While ships are surrounded by water at sea, that does not mean they are impervious to fires, nor are maritime workers invulnerable to burns. Just last month, a flash fire occurred in a Virginia shipyard, which sent three workers to the hospital with severe burn injuries. Just a few months prior, a fire broke out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship while at sea, burning a crewmember and forcing passengers to be evacuated. Just a few weeks before that, a commercial fishing vessel caught fire off the coast of Maryland, forcing a rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard. Unfortunately, onboard fires are a common cause of maritime injuries. What Causes Onboard Ship Fires? The amount of onboard heavy machinery found in either boiler rooms or other areas of the ship makes fire a serious safety hazard. Boiler rooms are already warm areas containing fuel and high-pressure gases. A single leaky... Read More » The post Are Burn Injuries Common on Board Vessels? appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2fLNDIT #Burns #MaritimeAccident
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What Makes a Vessel Unseaworthy?: A vessel is a broad term that is not limited to a ship or a boat. A vessel can also include production platforms, offshore oil rigs, barges, moored casino boats or even helicopters. Unseaworthiness is any unsafe condition on a vessel that causes injury. Ship owners and operators by law have a duty to ensure their vessels are seaworthy and provide safe working conditions for maritime workers. That said, the following are some of the most common examples of what makes a vessel unseaworthy: Unsafe Equipment, Ropes and Tools While the unseaworthiness doctrine applies to the vessel itself, it also applies to unsafe ropes, equipment, tools and improperly stored cargo. Lack of Proper Safety Equipment When a vessel owner fails to provide proper safety equipment to workers, this also makes the vessel unseaworthy. Under federal law, both ship owners and offshore employers must give workers access to safety equipment they... Read More » The post What Makes a Vessel Unseaworthy? appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2fcZpbu #MaritimeLaw #Unseaworthy
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New Bedford Fishing Accident Prompts a Rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard: A fisherman required help from the U.S. Coast Guard when he sustained a severe hand laceration in a New Bedford fishing accident. According to the Coast Guard, the New Bedford-based fishing boat was brought to shore when it became obvious the fisherman required immediate medical attention. Are Hand Injuries Common in Fishing Accidents? Wrist and hand injuries are some of the most common maritime injuries on board ships. Everyone knows the commercial fishing industry requires workers to be very hands-on. The following can cause severe hand injuries, ranging from small lacerations to amputation injuries: Slip and fall accidents Working with catch Unguarded machinery Winches Nets Handling pots Lines What Do I Do If I’ve Sustained a Hand Injury at Sea? Unfortunately, commercial fishing has a bad reputation for being a dangerous industry. However, that does not mean that ship owners and operators do not have a responsibility to protect fishermen... Read More » The post New Bedford Fishing Accident Prompts a Rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard appeared first on Latti & Anderson. http://bit.ly/2erGdpi #FishingAccidents #CommercialFishing
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