Does OSHA Cover Oil Rig Accidents?

An explosion on an offshore energy platform late last year has led to a wrongful death lawsuit against Fieldwood Energy and Island Operators on behalf of a cleaner who was killed in the incident. Three of the cleaner’s coworkers were injured in the explosion as well.

The explosion happened inside a machine known as a heater treater, which is used to separate water and other materials from oil. The staffers working on the offshore rig assured the cleaning company that the heater treater had been neutralized, with all solids, liquids and gases removed and all energy sources and pressure disabled. According to Fieldwood Energy, the machine was safe to enter and clean.

With the assurances of the rig crew, the cleaning crew entered the machine, which promptly exploded.

Employers are responsible for the safety and well-being of their workers, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. When a death occurs due to working conditions that could have been prevented, the company can be sued for wrongful death. In the case of the Fieldwood Energy explosion, the three injured victims and the family of the deceased can bring legal action against the negligent employers who caused their pain.

My Spouse Was Killed in an On the Job Accident. How Can I Pursue Litigation against the Company Responsible?

A death on the job can completely uproot a family. If you have experienced a wrongful death due to employer incompetence, do not hesitate to contact the wrongful death attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat. Since 1996, we have helped victims like yourself receive the justice they deserve. While we cannot turn back time to prevent the accident, we can help you with all of the difficult work so that you can spend your time where it really matters – with your family.

You can learn more about us by looking at our Facebook page or calling 337-984-8020.

Galloway Jefcoat – Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawyers


Did You Know? Before OSHA was created, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year.

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