A PSV is a platform supply vessel, and it is a ship that does a variety of essential tasks. It is something that keeps a much larger oil or gas platform operating at its fullest potential, and it is tasked with getting people and goods to and from the platforms far offshore. Though it sounds like a big ship that is the same as a land based delivery truck, it is a much more risky workplace than that. (MaritimeAccident.org, 2009)
Consider that platform operations are always in need of tools and various chemicals. Imagine being in charge of a large vessel that is packed with flammable compounds on rough seas. That is just one illustration of the ways that PSVs are dangerous, and why PSV accidents can be quite severe.
Remember, too, that a PSV is going to have to dock at the base of any platform, and that is also a risky endeavor that takes skill and training to do safely. Even when done properly, there are always risks for loading and offloading accidents that can lead to serious injury or even to death.
This all adds up to one thing – if you or a loved one is injured or killed in a PSV accident you need to know the laws that protect your interests, or those you love.
Like so many in the maritime industry, you might just assume that your work comes with a long list of risks that you just have to accept. It doesn’t. The idea that anyone should be forced to accept risks to their health or life just to earn a living is wrong, and there are federal safety standards that the owners of vessels and your employers must follow to remain compliant with the laws.
Should an accident occur, there will be an investigation into what went wrong, and it is in your best interest to act as quickly as an employer or vessel owner to discover the truth. Because you may be incapacitated or unable to perform this task, you will want to be in touch with a maritime attorney as quickly as possible. In fact, you may want to familiarize yourself with an experienced firm long before you even need their help.
Few employers or vessel owners are going to willingly admit that they were negligent and that it led to a PSV accident – even if it is a minor incident. Instead, there is usually going to be an effort made to fault human or mechanical error. Even if it does seem as if a co-worker, or even you yourself, made a blunder, your attorney will know how to assess the issue fully. For instance, was there adequate training and supervision for the person being blamed? If not, this is negligence on the part of the owner or employer.
Was the gear that failed or caused a problem poorly maintained or left in disrepair for a long period of time? This is not mechanical failure but negligence.
As you can see, there are so many ways that negligence can cause a PSV accident that leads to injury or death. Don’t believe that you are just stuck with whatever compensation is provided. You, or your surviving dependents, can pursue more than maintenance and cure if you know that negligence led to an accident.
Get in touch with a knowledgeable maritime attorney today. They can help you to determine whether or not to pursue a claim and seek compensation for any sort of incident or accident that has left you suffering, injured, disabled, or even your family without income.