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What Maritime Workers Should Know About Mooring Line Accidents


Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on July 20, 2018

Maritime workers perform some of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the world. Because of the type of machinery used aboard maritime vessels, safety precautions and measures are of the utmost importance to workers.

Some of the most severe accidents occur as a result of mooring line accidents. Because of the immense amount of tension that mooring lines are under, a break or snap can easily result in a debilitating injury – or even death – for maritime employees working near the accident.

The Gulf Coast maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns have the experience and skill to help maritime workers who have been seriously injured as a result of a mooring line accident. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment and their failure to do so can result in a life-changing mishap. Don’t let your pain and suffering go unnoticed.

Please consider the following information if you have been injured in a mooring line accident.

About Mooring Line Accidents and Safety Precautions

Mooring line systems involve a number of moving parts that pose their own dangers including winches, hydraulic motors, bollards, piping valves, and anchor chains. A break in a mooring line can result in a whiplash effect that can easily tear a person’s limbs off – or worse.

It is vital that maritime workers remain cautious while working with and around mooring lines. There are a number of measures and steps that should be taken by both the maritime employee and employer in order to prevent injuries including:

  • A formal inspection by the company is required before workers begin their jobs.
  • Workers should check for chafed or weak ropes.
  • Discarding any rope that is not being used (unused/used  ropes in the same area as the wires/ropes currently in use can easily confuse workers).
  • Supervision from another crew member is greatly advised.
  • Maritime workers should be extremely cautious of the “Snap Back Zone.” A mooring rope can easily retract and cause extensive damage to a worker.
  • Proper protective equipment should be provided and worn at all times while on duty.
  • Mooring lines and ropes should not be corroded.

The Jones Act and maritime law require that every vessel and its components be inspected before workers begin their duties.

Certain additional measurements have been put into place in order to limit these severe types of accidents. One of these safety measures is an emergency device known as an E-Stop. The device interrupts the hydraulic flow of the winch which can help to stop an accident.

Still, it is vital that all maritime workers, and longshore and harbor workers follow all safety precautions as required by law and their employer.

Common Types of Injuries Caused by Mooring Line Accidents

Maritime vessels can be hazardous work sites, especially when workers fail to take the proper precautions and employers fail to provide suitable working conditions. Mooring line accidents can easily result in a number of significant and permanent injuries simply because of the strain the component is under. Some of the most common injuries that your Houston maritime lawyers have helped clients and their families obtain compensation for include:

  • Amputated limbs
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries including paralysis
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Crush-related injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Debilitating muscle injuries
  • Loss of life

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to recover damages for: pain and suffering, past and future medical costs, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement, and more.

If you or your loved one has suffered a serious injury as a result of a mooring line accident, find comfort in knowing there is a team of lawyers dedicated to providing the aid and support you and your family need.

With more than 30 years of combined experience and a track record of over 340 million dollars collected for our clients, trust in our ability to fight for you if you have been injured in a maritime accident. Contact us today at (713) 739-1010 for a free case consultation.