The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a statement about barge explosions that injured three workers in 2013.
In April of 2013, a fire broke out on a towing vessel off the coast of Alabama. The fire caused two barges that were docked in Mobile to explode.
The NTSB report is citing that Oil Recovery Co. Gas-Free Martine Terminal (ORC) for the problems that created the fire. The NTSB’s report says that flammable vapors were flowing from the hatches of tanks toward the engine room are most likely what caused the fire.
They are saying that ORC didn’t properly train their employees on how to properly clean the tanks. They also claim that ORC did not have the proper management on the barge, nor did they have the proper operation manuals for their tanks.
Workers on commercial boats and ships are covered under the Merchant Marine Act (Jones Act) which claims that employers must provide the proper care for their employees that are injured on the job. The Mobile, Alabama lawyers at Long & Long have years of experience with maritime law and can help get you the compensation you deserve.
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