On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on maritime law with Houston Public Media News 88.7 Business Reporter Andrew Schneider.
Former Ambassador to the Bahamas Arthur Schechter recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus to discuss the intricacies within maritime law.
When oil work began to go offshore, the compensation status the workers was unclear at the time, Schechter said. Now workers who are on fixed platforms are covered under worker’s compensation, while workers on other kinds of platforms are covered under maritime law.
“If an offshore rig that is floating and not attached to the sea bottom is considered to be a vessel,” Schechter added. “The oil field workers on that kind of offshore facility are considered seaman and covered by certain aspects of the federal law.”
When he first started in the practice of personal injury law in the 1960s. One of his first responsibilities was in law for the International Longshoreman’s Association in Galveston.
“Their work was considered covered by worker’s compensation, but if there was negligence on the part of the vessel they were working on at the time or unseaworthiness that was liability without fault,” Schechter said. “Most of those cases are now strictly worker’s compensation cases.”
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