OIL RIG & OIL FIELD ACCIDENTS
Oil well drilling whether it is onshore or offshore can be very dangerous. In fact oil rig explosions and oil well accidents are some of the most costly in human lives. Gas leaks resulting in explosions are the most dangerous of these accidents. Although accident frequencies in the petroleum and gas industries are at low levels when compared to other industries, because the main products of the industry are combustible and potentially explosive, safety is always an important issue. Drilling operations are subject to dangerous blowouts, and all phases of oil and gas production and processing present dangers of fires and explosions. The handling of heavy pipe and other equipment also involves health and safety risks. Noise, vibration and exposure to toxic chemicals are further issues in both upstream and downstream operations Oil rig accidents and oil field accidents happen daily, and under most circumstance they could have been prevented in not fro the negligence or carelessness of one or more companies or employees.
As oil fields accidents happen sometime in remote and hostile environments (swamps, desert, jungle, Arctic, offshore). Many oilfield accidents happen as the result of the exploitation of the oilfield workers requiring them to reside at or near the workplaces for long periods, in rotation. Working conditions associated with this pattern of living and working have many special features that can cause problems: e.g. transport risks, long shifts, social isolation, in cramped working and sleeping facilities. Where facilities are located in remote areas, the transport of workers by airplane, boat or helicopter, to and from the installations can pose significant risks.The number of fatalities has increased in recent years and a single incident is likely to lead to multiple fatalities. Work offshore presents a whole set of dangers in addition to those stemming from the combustible nature of the natural gas itself and the extremely high pressures in many deep wells.In recent years the industry has witnessed a series of major fires or explosions with loss of life in both production installations and refineries. Work onshore is as dangerous as work offshore.
– Offshore Helicopter Accident – Willis Law Firm Client
Our client,Mark McClain was aboard a Transport Helicopter (Bell 206 B3) owned and operated by Industrial Helicopter, Inc when at approximately 8:45 AM on Feb. 5, 1998, after only 10 minutes into the flight, a loud bang type noise was heard by all aboard followed by loss of power. Seconds later an emergency crash was performed by the pilot from about 700-800 feet above the water. The Helicopter filled with water and overturned.Our client, who was trapped upside down in the craft , almost drowned. He later with the help of another passenger was able to release his belt , but he suffered a serious and permanent spinal injury . A complete investigation was done by the FAA and it was found that "… improper # 1 Bearing Housing Retaining Ring Installed " causing in part the tie bolt to shear in the gearbox. A lawsuit was filed against and Industrial Helicopter, Inc., UNC Airwork Corporation, Allision Engine Company and Lear Siegler, Inc f/k/a UNC Aviation Services. Inc. After many months of legal discovery and court proceedings, a significant out-of-court settlement against some of the named defendants was obtained for our client. Terms of the Settlement were made Confidential.
– Offshore Drilling Rig Accident (Jack Up Rig) – Willis Law Firm Client
Our client, John Bullard of Texas an employee of Marine Drilling Company was working on an offshore jackup rig named the Jay Storm 6 , when while assisting on the wireline operations, the packoff nut slid down the wireline traumatically severing his hand. A lawsuit was filed against Mar- Dril, Inc, Storm Drilling Company Freeport- McMoran and Directional Wireline Services, Inc. Afet months of depositions and discovery, a out of court settlement was reached in this matter.
– Oil Field Drilling Rig Accident (Onshore- Land Rig – East Texas) – Willis Law Firm Client
Our client Larry Smith was working on an East Texas oil drilling rig when a pipe was unscrewed and fell into the oil drilling rig elevators.When the pipe was falling it is believed that the hydraulic hose was too short and not strong enough to hold the pipe, so it fell down to the rig floor. In the process 3 pieces of metal later identified as the top driver and the screen fell onto Larry Smith hitting him in the head. As a result, he sustained a traumatic brain injury and was permanently and totally disabled from this oil field accident. A lawsuit was commenced against the rig owner and the service company and was later settled.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury while working in the oil field or on an oil rig or in the oil & gas production or pipeline industry, then you may have a right to file a lawsuit case against the responsible and negligent parties involved. Call now and get your questions answered. Talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer FREE CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at 1-800-883-9858 (Toll Free)