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How OSHA regulations and maritime law meet

When OSHA is mentioned, some in New Orleans may think that that agency's jurisdiction is limited to indoor workspaces. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is authorized to regulate all work environments including longshore and marine terminals. The federal authority to regulate these work areas comes from the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 or the OSH Act. Part 1910, Subpart B of the federal OSHA regulations extended the established federal standards of the OSH Act. This extension included standard number 1910.16, which covers longshoring and marine terminals.

Standard 1910.16 created safety and health standards for longshoring. All owner-operators of offshore vessels must adhere to the components of this act. This section covers everything from access to employee exposure and medical records to safety and health standards for marine terminals. Marine terminals in this act are defined as wharves, bulkheads, quays, piers, docks and other berthing locations and adjacent storage areas that are associated with the primary movement of cargo or materials from vessel to shore. This term does not include the production or manufacturing areas that have their own docking facilities and are located near a marine terminal.

Mother's Day car accident leaves pregnant woman injured

For many Americans, getting out on the open road is an enjoyable and recreational experience. However, this freeing activity can quickly turn tragic, as one family unfortuantely discovered this past Mother's Day.

Fighting for the rights of Louisiana car accident victims

Being in a car accident is always a harrowing experience. For those who suffer injuries, it can be life-changing. Even a seemingly minor auto accident can cause injuries that lead to long-term complications. When the accident results in serious injury, like a brain or spinal cord injury, the victim may require lifelong medical care.

Motor vehicle accidents are often caused by another driver's recklessness, inattentiveness or negligence. Drunk driving, texting and driving, and just plain carelessness have led to many wrecks. When the other driver is at fault Louisiana law gives the injured victim the right to recover compensation in a civil lawsuit. The victim can recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain, suffering and disfigurement.

Largest car seat recall underway

Car seats are used to protect children while driving in a car with their parents. Parents go to great lengths to properly install and buckle their children into the seat before driving away from home. When there is a defect in that car seat, children can be at risk despite the care of their parents.

Truck accident victim fatally injured

A bizarre double car accident leaves one Louisiana driver dead at 27. Impaired driving is suspected to be a factor in the I-55 accident that occurred on April 5, 2015. Though one driver has been arrested, the truck accident is still under investigation by local police.

Products liability suit possible after Home Depot recall

Spring in Louisiana is a great time to relax in the backyard with friends and family. If you are looking for patio furniture to make your backyard time more relaxing, you may not want to purchase from Home Depot without reading this article. A national product recall has been issued on some patio furniture models.

Fatal collision takes life of mayor

Loreauville must now begin the search for a new mayor. The village has lost its mayor after a deadly car crash took his life over the weekend. According to local newspaper articles, the mayor, Albert Broussard, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical examiners.

Failure to warn may have led to child's death

The bakery section of the grocery store is filled with a variety of products that include bread and sweet deserts. Parents shopping with their children may sometimes stop at one of these counters to purchase a little treat for a well behaved child. For parents of children with allergies, the labels on these foods are critically important. After a fatal accident, one family is taking a grocery store to task for what it believes is a violation of food labeling laws.

BP oil spill movie to hit theaters soon

When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, it changed the culture of a region. Eleven men lost their lives and 16 others were injured. After the explosion, almost five million barrels of oil were dumped into the Gulf waters. Since then there has been a flurry of law suits and settlements that are still making their way through the legal system. Now a new chapter in this story begins.

Wrongful death suit filed after defective medicine used

Individuals with chronic illnesses count on their medication and medical equipment to stay healthy. When the medical equipment is faulty, the result can be devastating. This was the case for a University of Chicago law student who lost her life when her medical equipment failed her.