Safety Violations Explosions on Oil Rigs

Violation of Safety Regulations

Oil Rig Explosion Attorneys Investigate

Has the cause of your oil rig explosion been determined? If your employers are still investigating the accident, ruling out potential culprits that may have caused your injuries, then you need an attorney who can do the same.

After an offshore tragedy strikes, employers will waste no time in securing top-level attorneys to protect their interests against (well-deserved) lawsuits. As the victim of the oil rig explosion, you need to do the same. When it comes to your personal health and security, there is no stronger advocate than a personal injury attorney.

Learn about how safety violations play a part in many oil rig accidents, and how our firm has fought for financial compensation and safer workplaces on behalf of our injured clients.

Legal Claims of Unseaworthiness

The top priority for employers of maritime workers should be the safety of their employees. Unfortunately, much more often, the top priority of high-level executives becomes the profits of their company. As a result, unsafe practices and non-standardized operations take shape to cut costs and increase output.

The results of these types of safety violations often includes:

When preventable injuries occur, workers' attorneys can file claims of unseaworthiness to uncover unlawful practices.

Claims of unseaworthiness are responses to the unsafe conditions that arise as a result of an employer or company's decision to violate the standardized safety practices of the industry. Numerous unsafe conditions can exist aboard an oil platform, and all of these are conditions can be avoided under the proper safety regulations.

To make a claim of unseaworthiness, one or more of the following conditions must be proven:

  • Lack of guards or safety rails on oil rig equipment
  • Continued use of malfunctioning or poorly-maintained equipment
  • Lack of necessary safety equipment such as life jackets and life rafts
  • Inadequate number of crew members
  • Lack of fire extinguishers or other means of fire suppression

This list is only a small sample of the many violations that can occur onboard an oil rig or platform. After an explosion, fire, or accident of any nature, it is crucial to seek the legal help of a lawyer who can help you hold your employer responsible. Violating the safety regulations of offshore work endangers hundreds of lives, and employers deserve to be held liable for their negligence. At Arnold & Itkin, we are the ones who hold employers accountable.

Bringing Violations of Safety Regulations to Court

The violation of even one of the industry's safety regulations could dramatically alter the course of an oil rig's production. Take the Deepwater Horizon explosion, for example. In an effort to cut the costs invested into their own project, British Petroleum execs opted for the use of cheaper, outdated equipment. Cost-cutting led to tragedy.

In addition, the executives were found in violation of other industry safety standards, including overworking some of the same employees who were injured or killed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

After the oil spill, BP immediately took action. Not action to protect the injured workers and grieving families who had suffered. Instead, they took action to protect the company itself from allegations claiming that BP might have engaged in unsafe practices that were in direct violation of the industry's standardized safety regulations.

Why Our Firm Can Help You

Time and again, investigations into the cause of offshore disasters such as Deepwater Horizon prove that negligence at an executive level was the root cause. With a Houston injury lawyer from Arnold & Itkin on your side, you can know that our investigation will not overlook vital evidence that could hold your employers responsible for the incident.

When the BP oil spill struck in 2010, our injury lawyers were there to represent the victims of the accident, and we can do so again for you. Since our firm's inception, we have secured billions of dollars in compensation for the clients we've represented in court. As advocates for injured workers, we readily take on complex, difficult cases.

If you were injured in an accident that might have been caused by the violation of an industry safety standard, don't wait to contact Arnold & Itkin LLP for the legal representation that you deserve. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation that you both need and deserve.

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