Turbine Installation Injuries and Accidents
When accidents occur onboard turbine installation vessels, the injuries involved can be catastrophic. TIVs tend to be large vessels and crew members may be at risk for falls, equipment accidents, drowning, or other injuries. If this has happened to you or a loved one, the maritime accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help. We have extensive experience helping injured maritime workers to obtain the maximum available compensation for their injuries and other losses.
About Turbine Installation Vessels
Similar to a jackup rig, TIVs are self-elevating and self-propelled so that they can be quickly moved within an offshore wind farm. Modern TIVs also have a slender-shaped hull to promote quick turnaround times. Specialized marine propellers called Azimuth thrusters are used to co-locate the vessel during construction operations.
TIVs are also sometimes used for other offshore purposes than those for which they were specifically designed, such as installation of tidal current turbines, wave energy generators, and oil and gas infrastructure. When TIVs are used for purposes for which they are not designed, improper procedures and unclear instructions may also lead to crew injuries.
If you’ve been injured while working on a turbine installation vessel, you may have options for pursuing compensation under federal maritime or Texas personal injury laws. Through a personal injury case, you may be able to obtain compensation for your past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Mental anguish
Risks of Turbine Installation Vessels
Because of the presence of large, heavy equipment and the inherently risky nature of maritime work, people who work on turbine installation vessels are exposed to a number of potential dangers and equipment related injuries. Some of the hazards of working on a TIV may include:
- Structures, loads, or objects falling during lifting operations
- Falls from heights
- Mechanical risks, such as contact with moving mechanical components
- Electrical hazards including burns, fires, and electrocutions
- Short circuits, electrostatic risks, or falls resulting from electrical shock
- Fire or explosion of the turbine or misuse of combustible materials
- Improper manual handling of heavy turbine components
- Fatigue resulting from climbing ladders, working in confined spaces, or physiological effects caused by heavy lifting and repetitive tasks
- Working with dangerous substances in confined spaces
- Environmental effects including exposure to winds, waves, currents, or lightning
- Time-related pressures and other organizational hazards
- Different actors or companies who are all involved in the same operation but not working together safely
- Exposure to noise and vibration
- Ships colliding, striking other objects, or crew members falling overboard
Common Turbine Installation Vessel Injuries
The many risks involved in working on a turbine installation vessel mean that when something goes wrong, workers can suffer a variety of injuries. Common types of injuries sustained in turbine installation vessel accidents include:
- Amputated limbs
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Torn ligaments
If you’ve suffered any type of injury while working on a turbine installation vessel, contact the Houston maritime accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. to learn your options for compensation of your injuries and losses.
How We Can Help in Turbine Installation Vessels Injuries
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we’ve spent more than four decades helping people who were injured through tragic and preventable circumstances to obtain the compensation they deserve. We have the knowledge, skill, and resources to pursue your case and will work to obtain the maximum possible compensation. We understand how wind turbine installation vessels work, how injuries like yours happen through negligence, and how to build a case using the strongest evidence and experts.
The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience with maritime accidents throughout Houston and the state of Texas, including obtaining numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured maritime workers under the leadership of lead trial lawyer Scott Krist.
Contact our skilled Houston personal injury lawyers today at 281-283-8500 , or by filling out the form below, to learn how we can help you. We offer a free consultation and charge no fees unless you obtain compensation for your case.