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Who Is Liable for Offshore Oil Rig Accidents?

On February 6 of this year, Harvey Gulf International Marine of New Orleans employee Donald Leggett was working as a deck hand aboard the vessel M/V Harvey Spur. Without warning, Leggett suddenly took a strong blow to the head by a crane hook. Now, according to a lawsuit filed by Leggett, it appears that the employer may have been negligent, allowing a poorly supervised work environment to exist, which led to the accident. Not only that, but Leggett also claims that the vessel itself was not fit to leave port. The lawsuit seeks damages for emotional and physical pain, loss of wages, healthcare costs and more, totaling $5 million dollars. Employers’ Role in Providing a Safe Work Environment Companies that employ workers on oil rigs are responsible for the safety of their employees and must follow a long list of important procedures and practices. Oil rigs are highly dangerous work…
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Potentially Defective Security System Injures Louisiana Lawmaker

A new $5 million Capitol security system created unexpected trouble for Louisiana legislator Rep. Paul Hollis this week. Hollis, a Republican from Covington, was left slightly injured and a bit rattled while driving his vehicle through the exit of the Capitol parking lot. Just as he was passing over security pylons, which seemed safely underground, the pylons suddenly emerged from the ground, smashing through the front end of his Audi. The pylons are a security measure that keep unauthorized vehicles from entering the Capitol parking lot while still allowing pedestrians to walk freely into and out of the Capitol grounds. Hollis suffered a cut on the wrist, a broken wristwatch and a significantly damaged vehicle. Thankfully, he was not seriously hurt. As to who is paying for the accident, that question is still up in the air. As of Monday, a Division of Administration spokeswoman was not able to confirm…
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Oil Field Employees Subjected to Corrosive Chemicals, Study Finds

A study conducted out of UAB on human and animal cells in a controlled setting has confirmed what residents of the Louisiana coast have suspected for some time. The chemical dispersant Corexit 9500A used to disperse oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 causes increased cell death, which can damage the respiratory health of humans and animals exposed to the chemical. The abnormal tissue and cell mutations in air passages can lead to a number of severe health problems. Since the oil spill and the cleanup effort, many cleanup workers as well as residents of Southern Louisiana have developed strange respiratory illnesses and skin conditions believed to be linked to exposure to Corexit. However, BP and the federal government have so far done nothing to address these concerns. Response from BP A spokesperson for BP responded to the study by stating that it did not show the use…
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