Oil Rig Accidents
It takes thousands of men and women to work, maintain, and construct the more than 1,000 oil rigs that are running at any given time and these workers face untold dangers every day. From the hostility of the environment to the size and power of the equipment and rigging, these workers face explosions, fires, toxic chemicals and hazardous fumes, mechanical failures, and many other dangers.
There are three main types of offshore drilling platforms in use around the US, they include –
- Jack-up rigs
A jack-up rig is used for shallow wells under 400 feet deep while the semi-submersible can drill up to 3,000 meters. Not as stable as the semi-submersible the drillship also drills down more than 1,000 feet but they require fewer supply trips and a much shorter time frame to reach the well site.
In each of these rigs, workers face near constant threats from the drilling machinery and the fuel and electricity they need to operate. Oil rig fires can start from a single spark, but the nature of the work requires the use and storage of flammable and combustible substances, electrical equipment, torches and welding equipment. Even more dangers may be present in improperly grounded wiring, pipeline weaknesses, defective mechanical equipment.
In fact, the most common causes of oil accidents and explosions are:
- Equipment Failure
- Falls off oil derricks
Offshore Drilling Accident Injuries
Workers on an offshore oil platform are at risk for serious, permanent, and even life-threatening injuries when something goes wrong. Some of the most common serious injuries sustained by these workers include –
- Broken bones
- Lost off limbs/Dismemberment
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
When a worker is seriously injured on a rig they may be unable to return to work for an extended time if at all, yet the medical costs for these types of serious injuries are very high. Oil rig workers may be able to file an injury claim through the Jones Act seeking monetary damages for the current and future medical bills, loss of current and future earning, and potentially even some non-economic damages as well. To learn more or to schedule a non-obligatory, free offshore oil platform accident consultation, simply fill out the form.