On February 6 of this year, Harvey Gulf International Marine of New Orleans employee Donald Leggett was working as a deck hand aboard the vessel M/V Harvey Spur. Without warning, Leggett suddenly took a strong blow to the head by a crane hook.
Now, according to a lawsuit filed by Leggett, it appears that the employer may have been negligent, allowing a poorly supervised work environment to exist, which led to the accident. Not only that, but Leggett also claims that the vessel itself was not fit to leave port. The lawsuit seeks damages for emotional and physical pain, loss of wages, healthcare costs and more, totaling $5 million dollars.
Employers’ Role in Providing a Safe Work Environment
Companies that employ workers on oil rigs are responsible for the safety of their employees and must follow a long list of important procedures and practices. Oil rigs are highly dangerous work zones, and if regulations are not followed, devastating accidents can befall those working on the rig.
In fact, a 2008 report by the CDC stated that oil rigs have a workplace fatality rate seven times that of the average workplace. Between 2006 and 2009, nearly 1,500 accidents occurred on oil rigs, not counting accidents that went unreported. Many such accidents happen because of a failure on the part of the company to properly train workers and maintain a safe work environment.
Oil Rig Injury Litigation
Injuries and deaths on oil rigs are often due to a lack of proper safety training and following of procedures. When that is the case, the injured worker or his or her family may be able to seek damages. Be sure to follow our blog for more information on our Lafayette oil rig injury attorneys and check our Facebook and Twitter for news updates and more.
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