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Transocean Oil Rig Explosion - Ammons Law

Transocean Oil Rig Explosion

NEWS ALERT

May 12 Oil Spill
Reuters

BP Oil Executives Start the Blame Game on Capital Hill

Big oil is under the microscope as Congress scrambles to determine who is ultimately responsible for the spill in the Gulf. The hearings come during a desperate race against time to stem the oil gushing from a well ruptured after an explosion last month that killed 11 workers, sank the rig and set in motion the unfolding economic and ecological disaster.
 
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Senate have also introduced legislation that would raise the amount of money BP would be responsible to dole out for economic losses caused by the spill to $10 billion, from $75 million under current law. 
BP directs blame for the blowout at Transocean, the rig's owner and overseer of the operation of the blowout preventer, a stack of pipes and valves designed to close off the flow of oil in case of a sudden pressure change.

BP's stock was down about 1.5 percent in early London trading. Company shares have fallen more 15 percent since the rig blast on April 20, wiping about $30 billion from its market value.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce says its investigation of the fatal Deepwater Horizon accident has raised five areas where it appears BP may have put cost above safety:

  • Using a single length of production pipe in the well.
  • Using too few "centralizers" to keep the producing pipe centered.
  • Failure to run a test called a cement bond log to evaluate a cement job.
  • Failure to clear debris from the well by circulating drilling mud through it.
  • Failure to lock down the wellhead.
Transocean Oil Spill: A National Disaster
Coast Guard Responding To Second Oil Rig Accident In Louisiana

Kris Alingod – AHN News Contributor

New Orleans, LA, United States (AHN) – The Coast Guard is responding to an overturned oil rig off the coast of Louisiana even as federal and local officials race to clean up a massive spill from the explosion of a BP/Transocean drilling platform.

A mobile inland drilling unit capsized in the Charenton navigational canal south of Highway 90, according to a Coast Guard statement. The rig has a capacity of 20,000 gallons of diesel, but the Coast Guard said over the weekend that it is not leaking fuel.

Nevertheless, a containment boom 500 feet long has been deployed around the platform as a precaution. Officials have also established a 1,000-yard safety zone. A salvage plan is being developed and the investigation of the accident continues.

The Coast Guard has about 2,000 personnel and more than 100 vessels helping contain a spill following the April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon, a mobile offshore drilling unit owned by Transocean.

The blast occurred 52 miles off the coast of Venice and left three workers critically injured and 11 missing.

More than 1 million gallons of an oil-water mix have been recovered from the Deepwater Horizon spill, the Coast Guard said. The departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and Commerce are working with the Environmental Protection Agency and governors of Gulf states stop the leak and save wildlife.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Sunday said it closed commercial and recreational fishing in federal waters affected by the spill, mostly Louisiana waters at the mouth of the Mississippi river to waters off Florida's Pensacola Bay.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has activated the state National Guard to help respond to the spill and about 600 guardsmen will help with clean-up efforts for 90 days.

People along the Gulf Coast braced for environmental damage and disruption to businesses, such as the rich shrimp and oyster fisheries along southern Louisiana. President Obama said he will commit "every single resource" the federal government had available to combat the spill, as the military began mobilizing Thursday to help prevent environmental damage.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the spill which occured after an explosion on the Transocean oil rig. 

 
Oil Rig Explosion Attorney Rob Ammons talks to Fox News About Oil Rig Workers Rights
 

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ABOUT TRANSOCEAN

Type     Public (NYSE: RIG)
Industry     Oil Equipment & Services
Founded     1973 as Sonat Offshore
Headquarters     Houston, Texas
Key people     Steven Newman, Chief Executive Officer
Products     Drilling
Oil and Gas Exploration
Revenue     $12.674 Billion (2008)
Net income     $4.202 billion (2008)
Employees     26,300 (2008)
Website     www.deepwater.com

Transocean oil rig explosion attorney

Transocean is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor and the leading provider of drilling management services worldwide. With a fleet of 140 mobile offshore drilling units plus three ultra-deepwater units under construction, the company's fleet is considered one of the most modern and versatile in the world due to its emphasis on technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business. Its worldwide fleet is more than twice the size of the next-largest competitor. The company owns or operates a contract drilling fleet of 46 High-Specification Floaters (Ultra-Deepwater, Deepwater and Harsh-Environment semisubmersibles and drillships), 26 Midwater Floaters, 10 High-Specification Jackups, 55 Standard Jackups and other assets utilized in the support of offshore drilling activities worldwide.

Safety History

Oil platform workers typically stay on oil platforms for two weeks at a time, followed by two weeks on land. It can be a difficult business. Since 2001, there have been 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injured and 858 fires and explosions in the Gulf of Mexico according to the federal Minerals Management Service.

Contact Information

Coast Guard hotline for next of kin: 1-832-587-8554

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If you have either lost a loved one or been injured in the Transocean oil rig explosion and its aftermath, call or click here to contact the oil rig explosion attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation. 

MARITIME LAW

If you have been injured at sea while working on an oil rig, oil drilling ship, semi-submersible, crew boat, or oil supply ship, you may have a claim for money damages under Federal Maritime law.

The Jones Act and the general maritime law create rights for damages against your employer which includes coverage for all medical expenses. When you are injured through the negligence of your employer, you may be entitled for compensation for lost past and future wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, future medical expenses, and costs of retraining. Because of the physical demands placed on offshore workers, injuries that leave a worker less than 100 percent fit may make them unfit for duty. There are few light duty jobs for workers on an oil rig, oil supply ship or crew boat.

In most instances, jack up rigs, floating oil rigs, and lay barges that move from location to location are vessels in navigation and create rights under the Jones Act for workers injured while working aboard these structures. In most cases, the Jones Act provides more liberal damages than damages available to workers on fixed production platforms who are limited by compensation under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

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Common injuries after oil rig explosions include:

  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Brain injury from blasts
  • Exposure to toxic and dangerous chemicals
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of limbs
  • Spine injury from falls

ABOUT THE JONES ACT

Oil rig workers face many dangers while working 1shifts that can exceed 12 hours or more.  The conditions are often very dangerous work environments.  Workers must endure dangerously extreme weather, all while working under extreme pressure.  Many times, workers will travel from platform to platform across rough waters, servicing multiple stations a day.

The Jones Act protects the rights of oil rig workers as well as the rights of those who work on jack-up rigs, barges, drill ships, crew boats, and other moveable vessels.   Under maritime law,  oil rigs are considered vessels and that means protection for people  injured while working on an oil rig.

A February report by Forbes magazine listed working on an oil rig as one of the top ten worst jobs for 2010.  They came to their conclusion by evaluating several different jobs by set criteria which consisted of work environment, physical demands, stress, median income, and hiring outlook.   Oil rig work came in low due to the high amounts of stress, physical demand, and onsite hazards.  Many of these hazards associated with the job could result in severe injury or death.  That in turn would result in high medical costs due to any of the following:

    * Hospitalization
    * Long Term Rehabilitation
    * In-Home Care
    * Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
    * Future physical or emotional health complications associated with the injury
    * Medication
    * Emotional and financial counseling for the worker and his family
    * Vocational Rehabilitation

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If you have either lost a loved one or been injured in the Transocean oil rig explosion and its aftermath, call or click here to contact the oil rig explosion attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.