Oil Rig Transportation Accidents
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, transportation accidents were the leading cause of fatalities among oil and gas industry employees. Offshore oil and gas workers depend on helicopters and boats to transport them safely to and from the rigs and platforms of the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, mechanical failure and poor weather conditions are the most common factors in rig transportation accidents.
Heavy Machinery Accidents
Offshore oil rig and platform workers deal with heavy machinery every day. Workers risk being struck by falling objects, crushed between equipment that is not adequately secured, or operated incorrectly by crew members because they have not been properly trained in the safe use of equipment.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents on an oil rig can happen at any time particularly when water or oil are left on the rig floor, ladders or scaffolds are not properly secured, or when work areas are not properly inspected for potential hazards. When employers or fellow workers do not follow safety procedures accidents often happen. Maintaining safe work environments include regular cleaning and inspection of floors, clearing of walkways to reduce hazards, use of non-skid surfaces when appropriate, and use of guardrails, handrails, or grating to prevent falls.
Louisiana's Oil Industry
As one of only six states in America that permit coastal drilling, Louisiana boasts a thriving $70-billion-dollar oil and gas industry. The state is second in the country only to Texas in terms of the number of rigs it hosts in the oil field. Thousands of workers make up Louisiana’s oil and gas task force, mostly under the command of several of the most prominent oil rig companies. The following companies are the key players in the state’s oil industry:
- Chesapeake Energy Corporation
- Cubic Energy
- Diamond Offshore Drilling
- Magnum Hunter Resources
Despite federal laws in place to decrease the risk of serious oil rig accidents, hundreds of employees still end up in the hospital each year – many with irreparable injuries such as loss of limbs, permanent scars, and lifelong disabilities. Seaman and offshore workers can recover damages because of the Jones Act.
The Jones Act
was implemented to protect U.S. ships from foreign competition but also included a provision to give rights to injured seamen. Title 46 of U.S. Code §30104 allows an injured seaman to bring a civil action against his employer if the seaman was acting in the course of employment as a vessel crew member, if the employer was found to be negligent, and if the employer’s negligence was the cause of the seaman’s injuries. This is significantly different from a typical worker’s injury case, where state workers’ compensation statutes generally prohibit employees from bringing lawsuits against employers for injuries caused by employer negligence.
The experienced, skilled team of oil platform accident lawyers at Murphy Law Firm have decades of experience handling all types of maritime incidents, including offshore accidents
. We have an in-depth understanding of the Jones Act and other maritime laws governing injuries at sea.
We are dedicated to providing exceptional legal and customer service and will fight for the maximum compensation possible in every client’s case. We have a successful track record of getting the maximum awards from mediations and juries in maritime cases.
At Murphy Law Firm, we are proud to fight for the rights of Louisiana offshore seamen. Our oil platform accident lawyers will help you get the benefits and compensation you need to heal and get your life back.
The life-threatening situations in oil platform accidents should never be taken lightly. Furthermore, compensation should not be minimized simply because the insurance company figured out a way to pay as little as possible. Unfortunately, that's what these companies and their insurance providers often do, no matter how severe the injury or its consequences. Some may even exploit the Limitation of Liability Act
to their advantage.
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