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Arnold & Itkin Files Suit for 3 Workers Injured in Oil Platform Fire

Maritime Law Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Adam Lewis from the legal team at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit in Galveston County on December 5, 2017 against Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., Shell Offshore, Inc., and Garden Banks Gas Pipeline, LLC on behalf of three individuals who were injured when a fire broke out on the Enchilada oil platform. Our clients suffered several injuries during the incident, including injuries to their head, neck, back, and various other parties of their bodies.

Incidents like this should never happen, and they don’t absent a fundamental failure on the part of those responsible for operations and safety. Unfortunately, in many cases we have handled involving offshore accidents we find that large corporations repeatedly put profits ahead of safety.

At this point, the exact cause of the incident is still under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Our firm is also committed to getting answers for the men and women whose lives were put in danger by the defendants’ negligent acts and omissions in failing to ensure a safe work environment for all personnel aboard the platform. 

In this case we will show that the negligent acts of defendants directly led to the severe injuries suffered by our clients—injuries that will result not only in physical pain and mental anguish, but also lost earnings and medical expenses. For this reason, we are prepared to fight relentlessly to ensure that our clients are fairly compensated and taken care of for life.

About the Fire That Erupted on November 8

On November 8, the Shell Enchilada oil platform at Garden Banks 128 ignited, injuring several of the 48 workers aboard the structure. The “operational incident,” as Shell named it, occurred at 1:30 in the morning and resulted in the evacuation of all 48 workers from the platform. Two of the injured workers were brought to a hospital in Texas while the other workers retreated to the nearby Salsa platform.

The Enchilada fire involved a 30-inch gas export pipeline. This news halted the operations of six oil-related production rigs owned by Shell and Hess in the Gulf of Mexico. The Shell-operated Auger, Salsa, and Enchilada platforms, as well as the Hess-operated Conger, Penn State, and Baldpate fields, were all securely shut down.

Fighting for Justice on Behalf of Injured Offshore Workers

At Arnold & Itkin, we believe maritime workers have every right to hold companies such as Shell accountable for their part in putting lives in danger and causing life-altering injuries. Throughout the years, we’ve proven to be aggressive advocates for the rights of the severely injured, and we fight hard to ensure each of our clients receive the compensation they need to move forward with the rest of their lives. We have done just that for widows of the El Faro tragedy, for many of the crewmembers of the Deepwater Horizon, and for honest, hard-working men and women who are injured every day due to the negligence, carelessness, and sheer recklessness of large companies operating offshore.

Our team looks forward to fighting for our clients in this case and demanding the justice they deserve, as well as continually working toward a future where companies put the safety of their employees first.


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