Oil Rig Explosions
Oil rigs are among the most dangerous maritime industries. These rigs extract crude from deep under the ocean floor. Workers must endure long shifts, extreme weather conditions, and rough seas all while dealing with dangerous equipment and highly flammable oil and fumes.
The people that work on these types of vessels are highly skilled individuals who often work 12-hours days or longer and who often have to travel in rough seas and dangerous weather to work multiple stations. The pressure that these men and women face daily is extraordinary.
Safety of workers is supposed to be an employer’s highest priorities yet many times these types of accidents and explosions occur because of safety regulation violations. In fact, of the most common causes of explosions could be avoided if all safety, drilling, and maintenance and repair procedures were followed. These causes include:
- Oil rig fires
- Pipeline blowouts
- Equipment failure/Machinery malfunctions
- Employer/crew/3rd party negligence
- Gas leaks
Oil rig workers can put in 12-hours days for two weeks at a time. During their off times, many live at nearby work camps. The stress of this type of schedule can be a factor when something goes wrong, especially for new employees who may not be used to working this type schedule. Couple this with old rigs, lack of safety equipment, inexperience, and then add in inclement weather and you have an accident waiting to happen. When there’s an explosion, the injuries sustained are usually severe and can be catastrophic. Some of the more common injuries sustained in this type of accident include –
- Broken bones and internal injuries
- Severe burns
- Amputations and dismemberment
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Thankfully, offshore workers are protected by federal maritime laws, including the Jones Act. This law holds employers responsible for employee injuries when negligence on seaworthy vessels leads to an accident. When a worker gets hurt, this law allows them to seek compensation for their injuries and –
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Maritime law and the Jones Act are complicated laws with specific restrictions and requirements. If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one in an oil rig accident, speak to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in fighting for people in the commercial maritime industries, and we stand ready to fight for you. Fill out the form for more information about what we can do for you.