Barges can be dangerous workplaces. There is usually a lot going on, and, from rough seas to coworker negligence, there are numerous issues that can put barge workers at risk for serious on-the-job injuries. While the good news is that injured barge workers will typically be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act, the bad news is that securing this compensation can be very difficult. Types of Barge Accident Claims Individuals who work on all types of barges have the same fundamental rights under the Jones Act when they get injured on the job. While lay barges and spud barges tend to be particularly dangerous, an accident on any type of barge can lead to severe injuries, expensive medical bills, and time missed from work. Lay Barge Accidents – Common accidents on pipe lay barges (PLBs), derrick lay barges (DLBs) and cable lay barges (CLBs) include equipment and machinery accidents, welding accidents, crushing accidents, collisions with shifting and moving objects, and falls. Spud Barge Accidents – Common accidents on spud barges and jack-up barges include crane accidents, construction, and demolition accidents, pile driving accidents, and mooring accidents. Other Barge Accidents – Common accidents on crane barges, dock barges, deck barges, shale barges, hopper barges and other types of barges include equipment and machinery accidents, falls, collisions, and accidents caused by inadequate safety precautions or coworker negligence. What To Do if You Think You Have a Barge Accident Claim If you have been injured on a lay barge, spud barge, or […]

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