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Oil Tanker Explosions Present a Significant Danger to Maritime Workers

Maritime Injuries Dec 1, 2020

Crew members working on oil tankers are exposed to dangerous perils each day while working. However, there are special laws that govern maritime workers, such as the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). These federal laws provide compensation to various maritime workers injured while working on or near a vessel. At Willis Law Firm, our maritime accident attorneys are well versed in the law and we regularly fight for injured workers, including those working aboard oil tankers, to help them get the compensation they deserve for the maritime-related injuries sustained. If you or a loved one was hurt while working aboard an oil tanker and have questions, contact our office today for a free case evaluation. Our firm puts our clients first. 

The Dangers of Oil Tanker Explosions

Oil tankers can be especially dangerous for maritime workers because of the flammable and toxic chemicals they carry. Sometimes, explosions and fires can occur unexpectedly, which was the case with a Russian oil tanker that exploded in the Sea of Azovback in October of this year.  Thirteen crew members worked aboard the vessel and three went missing after the explosion. Although the tanker was actually empty at the time of the explosion, Russia’s Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport noted that the tanker explosion may have been triggered by flammable vapors left behind from the vessel’s previous cargo that it was transporting. After the explosion, the ship was incapable of operating properly and had to be towed back to shore.  

When oil tanker fires and explosions occur while at sea, workers are put in serious danger, especially if they are not properly trained to handle fires and related incidents. Although fires and explosions can occur even while following protocols carefully, some occur because of issues related to poor maintenance, lack of training, and unseaworthiness. As the Azov explosion demonstrates, even empty oil tankers can be dangerous if not properly maintained. 

What Compensation is Available to Maritime Workers?

Workers injured by an oil tanker explosion may be entitled to compensation for: 

  • Medical bills 
  • Lost wages 
  • Cost of rehabilitation 
  • Economic loss  
  • Pain and suffering 

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Contact a Maritime Accident Attorney at Willis Law Firm if You Suffered an Injury While Working on an Oil Tanker 

Have you or a loved one sustained an injury while working on an oil tanker? If so, contact the maritime accident attorneys at Willis Law Firm today for a free consultation. Our experienced team of attorneys can answer your questions about maritime law and the compensation to which you may be entitled. You can contact our firm by phone at 1-800-468-4878 or email us through our online webform to find out more about your rights and options under the law.

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