Two oil workers in the Gulf of Mexico, around 100 miles from the coast of Louisiana, were recently injured after a fire broke out on the oil platform they were working on, the Shell Enchilada platform. The fire broke out in early November and led to an evacuation of 46 workers from the platform. The two injured workers, a 54-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, suffered flash burns and a concussion, respectively. They were evacuated by helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
In the wake of the fire, Royal Dutch Shell shut down four oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, including Shell Enchilada. There is no current timeline for resumption of operations.
What Do I Do If I Am Injured in a Fire on an Oil Platform?
Oil rig workers are exposed to unique dangers due to heavy equipment, location hazards like the open ocean and exposure to dangerous chemicals. If you are injured in an oil rig accident, you should discuss your case with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with how the oil industry works. Partner and firm co-founder Rusty Galloway worked in the oil industry for several years. He is familiar with oil rig operation and can investigate when negligence or violations of standard operating procedure lead to injuries or deaths. Our firm has helped thousands of people fight for justice for their injuries from negligent oil companies and employees. We offer free consultations, our unique knowledge of the field, a proven record of success and aggressive representation in your oil rig injury case.