Oil platform on the ocean. Offshore drilling for gas and petroleum or crude oil. Industrial
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on July 23, 2021

The prevalence of oil in many maritime industries makes it a nearly constant danger for workers in any field. Oil rigs and drilling platforms obviously pose the greatest risk of exposure to oil and oil spills, but the risk can affect vehicles and other industrial installations on the water all the s …

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Close up of rope on the edge of a boat, with the sea in the background. Shallow depth of field used.
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on June 25, 2021

  For a lot of people, the phrase “unseaworthy” conjures up images of damaged boats with faulty hulls and leaks everywhere – but the reality goes much deeper than that. Unseaworthy vessels, as defined by American maritime law, are any vessel where a given aspect isn’t suitable for its intended …

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By: Contributor on June 2, 2021

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), mainly caused by manual labor, using modern tech devices and office work, is a major concern for those working on the water. RSI is sometimes referred to as repetitive stress, strain, or motion injury. Repetitive motion maritime injuries is a subject touched on our we …

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Super Lawyers Logo 2021
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on May 24, 2021

  Few honors in the legal world are as notable as recognized by Super Lawyers®, especially when it comes to the small pool of maritime lawyers. O’Bryan Baun Karamanian is pleased to announce that Attorney Dennis O’Bryan and Attorney Sean O’Bryan have both been selected for inclusion in the 2021 …

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Commercial vessel in navigation on water with full cargo container load on blue water
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on May 21, 2021

  The captain of a ship is one of the most critical roles someone can play onboard a vessel. Broadly speaking, the captain is responsible for the safety of both the vessel, the cargo, and its crew, and every decision the captain makes can affect the well-being and livelihood of everyone onboard …

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Well-lit seaside industrial facility in Bilbao
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on April 16, 2021

As anyone with experience working on the water can tell you, maritime injuries can take many forms and have many causes. While many of these causes are brought about by the tough conditions that maritime work takes place in, such as freezing icy waters or temperamental seas, many injuries can be tra …

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Cargo vessel in motion in icy waters with ice and snow on deck of boat
By: Contributor on March 19, 2021

Icy conditions, whether from inclement winter weather, or simply colder climates, are more common – and dangerous – than ever. The volatile climate experienced in recent years has led to unprecedented weather conditions that can often turn deadly both on and off the water. One only has to look at th …

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Dry powder fire extinguisher red cabinet on ferry ship UK
By: Contributor on February 19, 2021

  Despite the prevalence of water around a vessel, most ships carry with them a number of fire hazards and other risks. Hundreds of fires aboard boats are reported each year, both in privately-owned, recreational vessels and larger commercial boats alike. While the causes for these fires can va …

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maritime worker in safety gear standing behind vessel in dry dock
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on January 22, 2021

Dry docks are a necessary part of the maritime industry, and specifically as a part of the life cycle of most boats and marine vehicles. A dry dock is a rectangular enclosure where boats can dock before the water is pumped out, in order to safely rest the vessel on dry land to help make needed repai …

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