The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is investigating the cause of an oil platform explosion around 3 p.m. on November 20 that claimed the life of one worker and injured three others. Chauntra Rideaux, spokeswoman for the bureau, said the injured workers were brought to a medical facility for treatment. No word has been released on their conditions.
According to a statement from the bureau, the platform, owned by Houston-based company Fieldwood Energy, was not in production at the time of the explosion. Damage was limited to the area and there was no indication that any oil spills or leaks occurred. The platform is used to manufacture oil and natural gas and is located about 12 miles off the Louisiana coast.
Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion of 2010, oil platform safety in the Gulf of Mexico has been scrutinized heavily by authorities. Injuries suffered on offshore oil platforms are often more serious or fatal due to the time it takes for victims to be transported to medical facilities.
Oil platform workers often work for contractors rather than the platform owners and therefore should report to their employer immediately when a workplace injury occurs. Before accepting a position on an offshore platform, make sure you understand the workers’ compensation and health coverage provided by the contractor or employer you are working for.
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