Work injuries occur with some frequency at sea. While working on an offshore rig can be dangerous, proper workplace safety mechanisms and procedures can help reduce the frequency of work injury or death.
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploded, taking the lives of 11 workers and injuring scores more. The explosion was preventable, was preventable had either Transocean or BP used a blowout preventer—-a mandatory safety device which is common. At the time of the explosion, the Deepwater Horizon was two days away from capping the oil well and handing off the pumping responsibilities to a production platform. During the disconnection process, the rig suffered a blowout. The rig’s blowout preventer—a 450 ton series of valves developed to prevent a gusher if drilling mud controll is overwhelmed—failed, allowing oil to escape into the Gulf of Mexico.
If you were on the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded, or if you have lost a loved one on the rig, the last thing you want to think about is hiring a lawyer. However, BP, Halliburton, and Transocean have already assembled their legal teams, and the time for you to file your claim is quickly running out. Call the Flynn Law Firm today, 866-904-3143.