Offshore oil platforms may prove dangerous, even for the most experienced offshore workers. Unfortunately, the danger is increased when equipment is poorly maintained and crew members are improperly trained.
According to the U.S. Mineral Management Service, between 2001 and 2007 there were more than 1,400 offshore drilling accidents. Drilling accidents may include the following:
•Well blowouts. When a wellhead or pressure control equipment malfunctions, the oil or natural gas being drilled for in a subsea well may release uncontrollably, resulting in a blowout. This is one of the most serious types of offshore accidents and may leave numerous workers severely injured.
•Accidents involving improperly secured or swinging cargo. Cargo, tools, equipment, or other objects that are not properly secured or that swing in rough seas may fall on or strike an unsuspecting oil rig worker, causing head trauma, or other serious injuries.
•Falls from heights. Falls from derricks, stabbing boards, monkey boards, and other heights may be caused by rough seas combined with improper or defective safety equipment. Slippery decks may also cause serious slip and fall accidents.
•Fires or other accidents caused by defective or poorly maintained equipment on a rig. An offshore oil platform worker may lose a hand or finger that gets caught in machinery or is struck and severed by a taut cable. A defective piece of machinery may cause a fire or explosion that leaves one or more workers severely burned or otherwise injured.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an offshore oil platform 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.