The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported a NASSCO shipfitter being seriously injured due to a rolling T-Beam on November 12, 2010.
According to the Union, the T-beam was about 40 feet long and weighed approximately 2 tons. The 39-year-old male employee suffered either a deep cut or partial foot amputation. NASSCO's own fire-rescue department responded to the accident. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department also was called and transported the employee to the hospital.
First, our thoughts and prayers go out to the NASSCO shipfitter and their family.
Second, this incident demonstrates the danger posed to shipyard workers. Studies have shown NASSCO shipyard to be more dangerous to workers than police officers working the most dangerous beats in San Diego.
Third, the injured worker and their family is entitled to Longshore Act benefits and State of California workers compensation benefits. Our website had numerous articles discussing and explaining how Longshore Act benefits and State of California benefits do not and will not adequately compensate seriously injured shipyard workers like this NASSCO pipefitter.
Fourth, in order to receive justice and adequate compensation, injured shipyard workers need to explore whether they have a viable third party work injury case. That is, showing some other entity was legally responsible for the injuries and suing the third party in a civil lawsuit in order to recover all past wage loss, future wage loss, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
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