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Oil Platform Fire Leads to Worker Injuries Off Louisiana Coast

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…
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What Caused the World’s Worst Oil Rig Accidents?

The Deepwater Horizon disaster, which caused the BP oil spill and was the subject of a recent Hollywood blockbuster, resulted in the deaths of 11 workers and injuries for 17 more. The disaster resulted in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history and devastated wildlife and tourism along the Gulf Coast. Was Deepwater Horizon the worst oil rig disaster in history? Not even close. The Piper Alpha disaster is the deadliest offshore oil rig accident in history. Piper Alpha was one of the biggest oil platforms in the UK. In July 1988, after a series of malfunctioning parts and a small gas leak, pressure led to a massive explosion on the platform. Of the 224 crewmembers, only 59 survived. The Alexander L. Kielland was a semi-submersible oil platform in the North Sea. In March 1980, the platform capsized, flipping upside down and sinking into the ocean. The cause of the…
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Could Better Risk Management Help Prevent Oil Rig Accidents?

Is there a way to use risk management techniques to prevent oil rig accidents? Per a recent report in Energy Digital, a website that covers news within the oil and gas industry, taking steps to improve risk management within the oil and gas industry may be the best way to protect workers and prevent disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from happening. How Could Improving Risk Management Help Prevent Oil Rig Accidents? According to the Energy Digital article, US Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that around half a million people in the US work in the oil and gas industry. Providing those workers with a safe work environment begins with risk management, which involves using technology to spot operational problems and equipment failures before they happen. One recent risk management program involving remote monitoring technology was able to reduce Hydrocarbon Releases (HCRs) by 49 percent over a…
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