A crewmember on a cargo vessel off the Galveston coast had to be medically evacuated by the Coast Guard after he suffered burn injuries. According to the Coast Guard, the maritime worker was evacuated from a cargo ship about 130 miles south of Galveston. The crewmember had apparently suffered severe burn injuries. He received some initial first aid by a medical professional on board the vessel. However, he needed more extensive treatment for his injuries, and a Coast Guard team was dispatched. There's little information about the source of the injuries. Crew members may suffer burns from a number of sources on a vessel. Flammable vapors and gases may come in contact with each other, ignite and spark an explosion, causing severe burn injuries. Kitchen fires can turn deadly. Crewmembers may also suffer from chemical burns due to toxic exposure to hazardous material on a cargo vessel. Many of these fires can be prevented if the vessel owner establishes safe procedures for the handling and storage of inflammable liquids and gases. Crewmembers must also be trained in the proper handling and storage of inflammable materials. Brian Beckcom is a maritime lawyer who represents crewmembers injured in cargo vessel, tanker and container ship accidents across the globe. If you have been injured on a vessel, contact the maritime lawyers at Vujasinovic and Beckcom for a free evaluation of your case. You can also download a copy of this report: The Insider's Guide to Winning Your Maritime Injury Case.
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