Drillship Worker Alleges Negligence Led to His Injuries

Photo of an offshore construction platform for oil and gas production and a boatIn late May, a drillship worker filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana after suffering injuries while working. He has accused his employer of negligence.

On May 22, 2016, a malfunction in the drillship’s pipe racking system led to severe injuries and mental anguish for the worker. His injuries led to severe anxiety and depression as well as medical bills and the inability to continue working. He has accused Diamond Offshore Management Co., Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., National Oilwell Varco LP and Hydralift Amclyde Inc. of failure to provide a safe workplace, failure to provide a sufficient and competent crew and failure to properly supervise plaintiff’s activities.

Drillship Injury Statistics

According to the National Safe Boating Council, there are over 700 boating fatalities every year in the United States. These include fatalities on boats, shipping vessels, fishing crawlers, recreational craft, cruise ship, oil rigs and more.

Under the Jones Act, seamen who are injured on the job while at sea are eligible for benefits to cover medical costs, lost wages, lost future work potential and more.

While there may be a public perception that work on drillships is inherently dangerous, as long as proper safety protocols are followed, workers are protected from potentially life-threatening injuries. But negligence on the part of an employer, an equipment manufacturer or even a coworker can easily turn routine work into a dangerous task. If you have been injured on a drillship due to someone’s negligence, a personal injury attorney can help you identify all potential defendants to help make you whole again.


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