Worker Suffers Head Injury in Portland Shipyard Accident


A March 29 accident aboard a large ship in dry dock left a Portland shipyard worker with severe head injuries, according to

The Portland Fire & Rescue Technical Rescue Team, which responded to the scene, said it was unclear whether the man fell down the stairs or was injured in some other way. Despite initially devising a high-angle rope system to rescue the worker due to limited access inside the ship and the severity of his injuries, the man refused and instead returned to the ship’s deck under his own power.

Not all maritime injuries are suffered out at sea. Many are the result of onshore maritime accidents involving land-based workers, such as dockworkers and shipbuilders, injured on or near navigable waters. Such incidents fall under a type of workers’ compensation known as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

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