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  • $5,400,000.00 settlement involving a seaman who fell from a stairway during fire and boat drill aboard a container ship sustaining quadriplegic injuries. Partners Mellusi and Shisha personally inspected the vessel taking hundreds of measurements and still and videos of every stairway in the ship’s main deck house. The data was compared with the vessel’s design plans in our library which demonstrated the vessel had been negligently constructed in that it failed to follow the naval architect’s original design specifications.
  • $2,400,000 jury award to a licensed marine engineer who sustained permanent knee injuries while attempting to remove a 200 lb. valve from an overhead piping system. Partner Mellusi personally inspected the ship’s engine room taking detailed photos and measurements. A duplicate valve was obtained from a maritime junkyard and was brought into court along with an auto-shop mechanical hoist capable of lifting it 12 feet to demonstrate the vessel lacked suitable means to perform this work safely. The jury award was in top ten verdicts in the United States for a comparable knee injury. The case was tried to verdict in a New York Federal Court.
  • $2,980,000.00 jury award to a ship’s cook for back injury resulting from insufficient procedures for moving ship stores. Case tried in New York federal court.
  • $2,700,000.00 settlement to a mate on a Tanker vessel who sustained multiple fractures.
  • $2,000,000.00 was awarded to a barge deckhand – wrongful death.
  • $1,827,000 awarded to a marine engineer working on a US Government supply vessel who fell into an unguarded ventilation fan causing neck, shoulder and hand injuries. The case was tried non-jury before a federal judge in Baltimore Federal Court. The court award was subsequently determined to be within the highest ten verdicts for the State of Maryland in 2009.
  • $1,200,000.00 jury award to a ship’s Bosun who sustained shoulder and neck injuries while attempting to move plywood sheets on main deck of vessel during 40 knot winds. Case tried in New York Federal Court.
  • $950,000 awarded to passenger killed when his recreational boat came into collision with tow wire of tug and barge
  • $850,000 settlement, Federal Court Allentown PA., to seaman sustained herniated disk while lifting a 110 lbs crane hooks.
  • $840,000 jury award to a seaman who fell from ladder while painting sustaining fractured wrist.
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Shipyards can be toxic workplaces

When people in New York think about jobs in the shipping industry, they imagine people working on a ship. However, there are many other types of occupations and some of them involve a shipyard. The National Institutes of Health point out that a shipyard is not just a place where ships are assembled. It’s also where ships are taken when they are in need of maintenance, disassembly, cleaned or need something repaired.

When ships need to be cleaned, workers must use chemicals that contain copper, solvents, flammable materials and heavy metals. The chemicals are needed to blast off the organisms, barnacles, contaminates and other things that have built up on the ship’s hull while it was at sea. However, during the cleaning process, the removal of these items can lead to the release of pollutants, organic compounds and even lead.

Before workers can perform maintenance on a ship, the bilge tanks and ballast need to be emptied. However, this process can expose them to harmful substances. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration points out that if there is bunker oil, fish, drilling mud, sewage, or sour crude oil in the ship’s tank there could be an accumulation of hydrogen sulfide. This natural gas, if inhaled can pose a life threat to workers and is difficult to detect.

In addition to the toxins found around the ships themselves, shipyards can contain other toxins. For example, internal combustion engines and welding can produce carbon monoxide. Enclosed spaces, such as pumps and pipes can also be places where hazardous materials are located. Toxins may also occur during other processes when material is transported or dumped.

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