Dockworker Killed after Windstorm Knocks him into Water

On Wednesday April 3, a violent windstorm in Mobile, Alabama knocked two
dockworkers out of their guardhouse at the BAE Shipyard and into the water. One
of the workers was rescued, but one could not be found. For a week and two days,

officials and volunteers searched the water for John “Buster” Johnson, and finally found
his remains in the water near where he was knocked off.

It was a tragic end to an unfortunate chain of events in the waters of Mobile, Alabama.
This is where the cruise ship the Carnival Triumph is docked and being repaired after
electrical problems left it and all its crew and passengers stranded in the middle of
the ocean for five days. The Carnival Triumph was also damaged further during this

This tragic incident shows just how vulnerable maritime workers are. They are not only
vulnerable to human error and its results such as fires and explosions, but they are also
vulnerable to fast-changing and unpredictable weather. The combination of inclement
weather plus their position on the water creates the perfect circumstance for serious
and often fatal accidents.

Employers of maritime workers must provide a safe working environment, proper
training, and proper equipment. If you are injured in your maritime workplace, you
may be entitled to a recovery. The maritime attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can
help make sure that you receive the help you need. You take risks for your job every
single day. If you are injured, you should not be left to suffer alone. Contact one of our
maritime attorneys to find out if you are entitled to compensation today.

Barge Explosion Seriously Injures Three

On Wednesday April 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm, there was an explosion on two barges on
the Mobile River in Alabama. Six explosions followed the initial explosion, leading to a
massive fire that was finally extinguished by firefighters and Coast Guard on Thursday

Three people were left in critical condition after severe burns as a result of the fire. The
crew of the nearby docked Carnival Triump was evacuated to prevent further injuries.

The barges are owned by Kirby Inland Marine, a Houston-based company. The barges
were empty and in the process of being cleaned at the Oil Recovery Company facility
after having carried natural gasoline. It is thought that a spark that was generated
during the cleaning process ignited the initial explosion and fire.

This incident is one of the latest examples of how dangerous offshore work is. Maritime
workers risk their lives everyday. From barges to tugboats to fishing boats, every task
carries serious risk. At Kirkendall Dwyer LLP, we want to help make sure that maritime
workers that risk their lives and safety every day have the best legal representation
available when they need it. Whether you were injured on the docks or aboard a vessel
or somewhere in between, we are available to assist you seven days a week. When
you call our offices, you will speak directly to an experienced attorney that can begin
helping you immediately. Your case review is free, and you will get immediate answers
to your pressing questions.

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