The rivers, streams, tributaries, and harbor around Charleston, often require dredging for a variety of reasons, which entails the use of a large vessel and heavy equipment. There are a variety of dredging vessels that are used on the waters around Charleston including vacuum dredges, suction dredgers, clamshell diggers, bed levelers, and bucket dredgers.
Regardless of the type of dredging vessel, working on a dredge entails working long hours in close proximity to dangerous machinery, and in less than ideal conditions. If you have suffered an injury while working on a bucket dredger in Charleston, you may be entitled to protections and compensations under the Jones Act, or other maritime laws.
At Howell and Christmas, Charleston bucket dredger accident lawyers are committed to helping injured workers and their families recover the maximum compensation and have provided countless dredge workers with practical and effective legal representation following an injury.
Bucket Dredgers and Accidents
Regardless of the type of dredging vessel, all dredges are designed to remove excess silt, dirt, rocks, and debris from the floor of a body of water and transport these materials to another area. This has the effect of deepening the waterway or opening the water channels to allow boats to pass through. A common type of dredging vessel used in the Charleston region is known as the bucket dredger.
This type of dredge utilizes a conveyor style device that has a series of buckets attached which remove sediment from the seabed. Bucket dredgers can be particularly hazardous to workers because of their design, weight, size, and because of the litany of moving parts.
At Howell and Christmas, we are intimately familiar with the hazards that bucket dredgers pose to workers and routinely assist injured workers to recover from bucket dredger accidents including:
- Crushed limbs
- Back injuries
- Knee, ankle, and leg injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Wrist and hand injuries
Charleston bucket dredger accident lawyers have decades of experience litigating claims and resolving disputes following a bucket dredge accident in Charleston.
Jones Act Claims for Dredge Workers
Dredge workers will generally fall under the protections of the Jones Act, a federal law enacted in 1920 to protect maritime workers. Bucket dredge owners and companies that operate these powerful vessels have an obligation and a duty to ensure that dredge workers have a safe working environment.
The bucket dredge accident attorneys at Howell and Christmas have substantial experience proving employer liability under the Jones Act including
- Demonstrating employers failed to properly maintain equipment
- Failure to provide proper safety gear and equipment
- Failing to properly train workers
- Failing to place warning signs and install safety guards around hazardous conditions
Dredge workers generally fall under the protections of the Jones Act, which means that if a worker on a bucket dredger proves their employer’s negligence contributed to their injury they may be entitled to compensation covering medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, as well as for rehabilitation and other related expenses.
Contact a Charleston Bucket Dredger Accident Attorney Today
The Charleston bucket dredger accident lawyers at Howell and Christmas offer personal, practical, and cost-effective legal resources and guidance for anyone involved in any type of dredge accident or other maritime injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bucket dredger accident in Charleston, contact an attorney today.