In today's Post and Courier there were two separate on the job accidents reported, one of which happened right here in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina when a large crane collapsed on a worker at Detyen's Shipyard. The other occurred a little more than two hours south of the law offices of Howell and Christmas, LLC in Hilton Head, where a construction worker was killed after falling through a ceiling.
Wednesday morning a crane operator found himself in a precarious position after the crane's collapse trapped him inside the cab of the machine. According to reports, the man's leg was pinned under the machine for about an hour. Fortunately for him, his injuries from the job accident were not believed to be life-threatening. North Charleston firefighters and volunteers from the Charleston County Rescue Squad gave the injured worker treatment until they were able free the man and transport him to a local hospital.
Your South Carolina harbor accident lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC know that longshoremen and harbor workers’ work is dangerous and often leads to serious injuries and even death. When it comes to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Act covers most employees that are performing work that has a traditional relationship to maritime employment. There is also consideration given with regard to where (i.e. the location) the employee was working at the time of the accident. For example: the Act covers those workers engaged in unloading and loading ships as well as those that build, repair and/or dismantle ships. In many instances, employees that provide support to the above referenced work are also covered, however, each case needs to be looked at individually.