Tug deckhand wins $7M verdict after flying stanchion smashed face

(BALTIMORE) — A jury has awarded a tugboat deckhand $7.1 million after his jaw was broken by a flying stanchion in the Chesapeake Bay in 2003, the Daily Record newspaper reported. The man was working on a mud scow during a dredging job when a misplaced mooring rope loosened the 20-pound stanchion and smashed his face with it. The jurors decided Weeks Marine Inc. was negligence in allowing the wayward line to be where it was.
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By Professional Mariner Staff