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Category: Platform Inuries

Lake Pontchartrain Gas Platform Explosion Injures Workers

A Lake Pontchartrain gas platform explosion on October 15, 2017 sent several workers to the hospital with a variety of injuries. The cause of the explosion is not known at this time but early reports indicate that workers were cleaning the platform at the time of the explosion. As of the writing of this post, one worker

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Vices, Defects, and Ruin Under Louisiana Law

Property owners generally take care to make sure that their properties are kept up and free of dangerous defects that can hurt other people. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes people get hurt because property owners fail to undertake necessary maintenance or otherwise let their property fall into a state of disrepair. Thankfully,

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Lives Lost in Azerbaijan Platform Fire

SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, experienced a tragic accident at one of its oil and gas platforms in the Caspian Sea at the end of last week.  The deadly platform fire started when a natural gas pipeline was damaged in a storm. There were a total of 62 workers on the platform at the

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Crew Error Blamed for Drilling Rig Blowout

In July 2013, a drilling rig owned by Hercules Offshore and under contract to Walter Oil and Gas Corporation suffered a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The Hercules 265 Rig was working on a sidetrack well when the blowout occurred. The natural gas well initially leaked gas and then caught fire and ignited the rig, which

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How Does the Borrowed Servant Doctrine Work?

When offshore and maritime accidents happen, there are usually a number of different companies that are potentially responsible for the injury, particularly with platform and rig accidents. A critical issue in determining liability is the relationship among the various parties. In considering these relationships, a key question is whether some workers are “borrowed employees” or “borrowed servants” of

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Who Can Be Held Liable for Offshore Injuries?

Offshore and maritime accidents can happen in a bunch of different ways.  Some workers get hurt because of conditions on boats and offshore rigs (ex. slippery floors, rusted grating, etc.). Other get hurt because of the the carelessness of other workers. But, determining how an accident happens is only one part of the analysis. You’ve also got

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Drilling Industry Responds to Proposed Offshore Safety Rules

Earlier this year, the Obama administration proposed offshore safety rules designed to afford greater protection to oil and gas workers. The rules were put together in response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. The goal of the new rules was to establish requirements and maintenance schedules for the components used in offshore oil and gas operations,

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Claims for Permanent Disability from Offshore and Maritime Injuries

Generally speaking, injured offshore and maritime workers have a few ways to recover for their injuries: (1) if they qualify as seamen, a Jones Act claim for negligence, an unseaworthiness claim, and/or a claim for maintenance and cure; (2) if they don’t qualify as seamen, a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

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Jury Finds BP Executive Not Guilty Of Lying About Oil Spill Size

On April 20, 2010, the Gulf Coast experienced one of the worst maritime accidents and environmental catastrophes in history: the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon. The spill claimed the lives of 11 offshore workers, injured many more, and caused billions of dollars worth of property and economic damages. The news reports covering the Deepwater

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Offshore Maintenance Platform Accident in Mexico Kills 2 Workers

Two workers were killed and many more were injured in an offshore maintenance platform accident off of the coast of Mexico yesterday. The offshore maintenance platform was in the process of setting up to perform maintenance work for wells attached to the Caan Alf platform in the Bay of Campeche. The accident is being blamed on the

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