As reported in our March 5 blog, in the space of one week, in separate incidents aboard separate factory trawlers in Alaska, one man on each ship suffered traumatic head injury, each from a snapped cable. One, on March 1, occurred on F/T ALASKA JURIS, owned by Fishing Company of Alaska, and resulted in the tragic death of Andrew Fotu, 25, of Seattle.
Franz D'Alquen, 47, of Arizona survived his March 5 head injury aboard F/T ALASKA OCEAN, which is owned by Seattle-based Glacier Fish Company. According to reports, while Mr. D'Alquen was on deck shooting the net and checking whether the cable had cleared the weight chains, he was struck by a cable in the right face and eye area. He was thrown backward and remained unconscious for around five minutes. He was medevaced by Coast Guard helicopter from ALASKA OCEAN to Cold Bay Clinic, and then commercially transported to Anchorage for further medical care.
Fishing is still considered among the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Recognizing this, the Jones Act stipulates that a seaman shall receive maintenance (basic daily living allowance during recovery) and cure (medical care until maximum improvement) from his or her employer after an illness or injury which occurred while in the service of a vessel, as well as provides that, in the case of employer negligence, an injured seaman may make a legal claim. Related to that is the duty of the employer to provide a seaworthy a vessel, vessel equipment, and crew. The attorneys at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen have decades of experience successfully protecting seamen's legal rights and benefits under Jones Act and Admiralty Law.