WWL-TV recently reported on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) review of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) oversight of oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Reportedly, for the second straight year, the GAO gave the BSEE low marks regarding its efforts to keep oil rig workers safe and enforce environmental regulations in the Gulf of Mexico.
One such example of the BSEE’s continued struggles involved the organizations implementation of a new plan to inspect offshore oil and gas facilities. Per the plan, the inspections were supposed to be conducted on facilities that presented the highest risks. However, the BSEE ignored input from staff in the Lafayette and Houma field offices, and conducted inspections on oil rigs that were not even in use anymore.
What Can Oil Rig Workers Do If They Are Hurt on the Job?
If you are hurt or a loved one is killed while working on an oil platform, depending on what led to the incident, you may have multiple options to hold those at fault accountable. In many cases, oil rig accident victims are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If the incident was the result of product defect, then victims can file a product liability lawsuit against the negligent manufacturer responsible for the incident. If third party, such as a contractor, was to blame for the accident, victims may be able to file a third party claim to hold the negligent individual accountable.