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Gulf of Mexico Drillship and Offshore Deaths

Offshore drilling in the U.S. and Gulf of Mexico is often considered one of America’s most hazardous professions. Workers must handle highly combustible materials, toxic chemicals, and heavy equipment on a regular basis. Nevertheless, the oil and natural gas industries continue to grow rapidly, supplying many Texans with high-risk jobs.

Just a couple of months ago, a tragic fatality occurred on the Pacific Santa Ana drillship in the Gulf of Mexico. A contract employee was killed while working on site to prepare for one of Chevron’s well operations. Although the exact cause of death has not been revealed to the public, drilling accidents are not uncommon in the gulf, especially off of the Texas coastline, near Houston.

The Houston Chronicle has reported on the rise of the drilling boom and its deadly consequences for maritime workers. From 2007-2012, thousands of workers were injured or killed in the oil-field industry, and approximately 40 percent of deaths occurred in Texas.

Offshore Drilling Worker Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees working conditions at all offshore oil rigs and well sites, and conducts inspections to ensure that they meet federal safety requirements. However, due to limited resources, numerous violations are overlooked or ignored, creating dangerous working environments. Long working hours and insufficient rest periods also increase the chance of worksite accidents.

Traumatic brain injuries, amputations, paralysis, and trauma can result from various types of offshore drilling hazards, including:

  • Rig collapses
  • Defective equipment
  • Blowouts
  • Chemical explosions
  • Slipping catheads
  • Deck or platform collapses
  • Broken cables
  • Unsecured tools
  • Toxic leaks

Compensation for Drillship Injury Cases

When you or your loved one suffers a serious offshore drillship accident, you might feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to move forward. Fortunately, there are maritime laws in place to protect victims of oil rig accidents, and an experienced maritime attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve. The Houston personal injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have successfully represented victims of offshore drilling accidents for decades, and we are 100 percent committed to supporting your recovery process.

Our Texas offshore drilling injury lawyers can help you attain compensation for medical costs, physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, and disfigurement caused by work-related accidents. After the initial assessment, we will evaluate your situation, collect evidence and documents, and prepare a legal claim against the negligent party.

Schedule a free one-on-one case consultation today with an experienced Houston offshore injury lawyer at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today by calling (281) 283-8500. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a financial recovery.