If you work on a Seadrill rig, you have the right to expect that proper training and safety procedures are being implemented and followed, that equipment is being maintained, and that you will receive treatment and support if you’re injured. Unfortunately, some oil and gas companies cut corners and put worker safety on the back burner while they try to boost profits and productivity. This increases the risk of serious accidents and catastrophes.
At Arnold & Itkin, we won’t let offshore safety violations stand. Call our Seadrill accident lawyers today to find out how we can help if you’ve been injured: (888) 493-1629.
Seadrill Accidents & Injuries
Dropped Riser Joint (2020)
In October of 2020, a riser joint weighing 26.5 tons came free on a rig during exploration in the Barents Sea and dropped to the drill floor. The drop occurred because the hydraulic riser running tool did not have sufficient grip on the joint. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The falling riser joint, however, damaged other pieces of equipment on the rig, and the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) issued Seadrill a safety order addressing the incident.
Seadrill West Sirius Semi-Submersible Injury Report (2013)
On March 31, 2013, a lead roughneck on the Seadrill West Sirius semi-submersible rig was seriously injured. He was performing routine maintenance when his right index finger became trapped between two pieces of equipment. On his way to receive medical treatment, the crew member lost consciousness. He was treated on the rig and was then transported to a hospital in Galveston, Texas for additional treatment. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement lists human error as the cause of the accident.
West Atlas Rig Fire & Oil Spill (2009)
On August 21, 2009, the West Atlas, a jack-up rig owned by Seadrill and operated by PTTEP Australasia was the site of a blowout that led to one of the worst oil disasters in Australian history. 69 workers were evacuated from the rig when the blowout occurred. Thankfully, no one was injured, but the resulting spill lasted for 75 days. A fire also broke out on the West Atlas on November 1, just 2 days before the well was finally capped.
Millions of gallons of oil were released into the Timor Sea.
Representing Seadrill Offshore Workers & Their Families
By its nature, offshore work is challenging. Long hours, rough seas and weather, heavy machinery, and complex equipment can present dangers for every person on a rig. These dangers increase exponentially when oil and gas companies do not make safety a priority. They may delay turnarounds, ignore aging equipment, or allow lax safety procedures in an attempt to maintain productivity and boost profits. This can lead to serious offshore accidents that leave crew members with catastrophic injuries and families without loved ones.
Arnold & Itkin helps people who have been injured in or by:
As leading maritime law and offshore injury lawyers, we know what we’re up against when facing off against a multi-billion dollar corporation like Seadrill. They have teams of attorneys, but we have our own resources and the willingness to do whatever it takes to help our clients find justice.
To learn more, contact our Seadrill offshore injury attorneys at (888) 493-1629 for your free consultation. We won’t be outworked. No matter what.