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Category: Rig Accidents

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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Louisiana Legislators Fight New Offshore Drilling Regulations

Following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and the ensuing oil spill, people realized that additional safety was needed to protect offshore workers. These workers put their lives on the line every single day, and when companies cut corners to save costs, tragedies can occur. In 2015, the federal government proposed a new set of

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Semi-Submersible Rig Accident in North Sea Kills One Worker and Injures Two Others

The North Sea has been ravaged by the winter storm “Frank” (a hurricane force system) over the past several days. These conditions have le led numerous companies, including BP and ConocoPhillips, to stop production and evacuate personnel. But, the worst part of the storm was the loss of one worker’s life and injuries to two others

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Government Drops Manslaughter Charges Against BP Employees

In addition to the civil claims and criminal penalties, four BP employees were individually charged with crimes relating to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Earlier this year, a New Orleans jury found Dave Rainey, a BP executive, not guilty of lying to federal investigators about the size of the oil spill. Then, in

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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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West Texas Rig Explosion and New Mexico Oilfield Explosion Claim Workers’ Lives

Onshore exploration and production has spiked in recent years with the development of shale oil and gas around the country. This development has been particularly significant in areas of Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. The increase in available oil and gas reserves has led to an increased need for people working in the oil and gas

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