Perhaps two of the most serious types of offshore accidents involve fires and explosions. An explosion may cause an entire vessel to sink. A fire may quickly spread across an entire offshore rig, leaving workers with no place to seek refuge. Unfortunately, offshore employer negligence is often the cause of fires and explosions that occur on vessels.
There are various scenarios that may cause a fire or explosion on an offshore rig, barge, jack-up rig, tanker, or other vessel. An improperly maintained pipeline, malfunctioning ventilation system, improperly stored fuel, collision with another vessel or a fixed object, ungrounded electrical equipment, loose connections and faulty insulation may all cause a fire or explosion.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a fire and explosion accident, it is very important that you contact a highly skilled, offshore maritime injury lawyer immediately. Learn about your legal rights from an experienced offshore maritime injury attorney by filling out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website.