A review of state records and news reports found that Clovelly Oil Co., owner of the oil rig that exploded in Lake Pontchartrain last week, has a decent record of safety over the last decade. However, it is not perfect.
The oil rig explosion injured six workers and left one worker missing. The search for that worker has since been called off. The workers managed to escape the rig in their crew boat before being taken for medical treatment. Five were injured critically, while the other two were in stable condition as of the time of this writing. The cause of the explosion is not yet known, though some reports suggest cleaning chemicals may have triggered it.
On the same platform in July 2003, a fire broke out. One worker suffered minor injuries while he and another worker were welding. A spark from the welding process entered a vent that led to a fiberglass tank filled with a mixture of water and gas. The gas then ignited and started a fire that lasted 45 minutes. The worker was burned as he fought the fire.
What Do I Do If I Am Injured in an Oil Rig Accident?
Due to the nature of oil industry jobs, workers are frequently exposed to hazards that can result in injury. Common causes of injury on oil rigs include:
- Improper training
- Chemical exposure
- Slippery floors
- Improper operation of equipment
- Operator error
Our law firm has extensive experience representing victims of oil rig accidents, not to mention experience working on oil rigs. We are familiar with the industry and know how to ensure that you receive full recovery for your injuries.