Longshore Marine Terminal Accidents Involving Containers


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Ro-ro (roll on roll off) or lo-lo (lift on lift off) operations at a marine terminal are very dangerous, especially those at night. Many longshore workers get injured in accidents involving containers or other heavy cargo. For instance, a dock worker may be struck or hit by a container during ro-ro operations, or a worker may become trapped between containers. Given the size and weight of shipping containers, container accidents are almost always deadly. If not deadly, the worker suffers severe injuries. Crushed arms and legs are very common.

Parties Liable in a Work Related Longshore Container Accident Case in PA or NJ

While workers’ compensation laws protect marine terminal or dock workers’ rights to obtain benefits for medical treatment and some wage loss, in many container accident cases, there are other sources of recovery. Click here to access our legal article about financial losses recoverable in a PA or NJ longshore accident lawsuit.

Under laws of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, other potentially liable parties include:

  • shipping container companies,
  • docks/marine terminals,
  • outside contractors, and
  • maintenance/service companies.

Negligence claims usually involve failures to train employees, failures to provide safety guidelines and/or a safety manager, and use of improper equipment. In many instances, OSHA violations occurred.

Success in any workplace accident case such as a longshore container accident case, depends on proper investigation by a knowledgeable Pennsylvania and New Jersey longshore accident law firm.

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Published: October 15, 2012