Offshore Injury Blog

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon erupted into flames after repeated neglect caused the offshore oil rig to explode. The disaster claimed the lives of 11 workers and injured 17 more. The well beneath the rig leaked for months and polluted the Gulf of Mexico with over 4.9 million barrels of oil. It was the worst oil spill in history—at least it was at the time. The Taylor oil spill, which started 6 ...
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Oil Companies
The Corporate Giants that Control the World’s Oil Production Energy is one of the largest business sectors in the world. In the United States, oil companies such as John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company became notorious for their power and influence over the American economy. Today, Rockefeller’s name is synonymous with might and wealth in the business world. Today, energy is a globalized ...
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In August, the Bureau of Transportation Safety released its annual Blowout Prevention System Safety (BPSS) report . The report is a component of the SafeOCS program, a joint effort by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. SafeOCS enables workers to report information on the offshore industry. As a result, the program gathers, aggregates, ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis filed suit today against an offshore drilling company on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured when he was attacked by a coworker. Our client was struck in the face with a pole by a co-worker who lost his temper without reason. To compound matters, the defendant company conducted an inadequate investigation ...
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Deepwater Horizon Regulations Rolled Back

Last Thursday, the White House eased safety rules for offshore drilling rigs created after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The administration claimed that loosening regulations will provide a boost in energy production. The initial regulations were originally put in place by the Obama administration in 2016. The reversal to the rules will be effective on December 27, 2018. The regulations ...
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At Arnold & Itkin, our offshore injury attorneys highlight the importance of eliminating negligence on the part of employers and ship owners in the maritime industry. Doing this provides a safe environment for the thousands of offshore workers and passengers that utilize seagoing vessels daily. Examining the following maritime accidents reveals the importance of accountability and reveals how ...
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How the Jones Act Affects the US Navy

Since 1920, the Merchant Marine Act has served to protect workers on vessels traveling between American ports. Also known as the Jones Act, it provides protections to Americans working on ships normally provided to US workers on land. As a whole, the law was designed to bolster American trade. Besides protecting offshore workers from employer negligence, this law introduced several restrictions on ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of a contractor severely burned in a fire at the John Bludworth shipyard in Corpus Christi, Texas. An electrical box that had previously had problems caught fire again and burned the worker over several parts of his body and required a lengthy hospital stay. Burn injuries are some of the costliest injuries any person can suffer. Between weeks of hospitalization, ...
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Recently, our blog comprehensively covered Bouchard Transportation's safety record —their history of ignoring serious vapor leaks, their culture of secrecy, and their high turnover rate that kept problems from being solved conclusively. All of these problems contributed to the barge explosion last October that killed two men. Our firm is representing the family of one of the men who died that ...
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Shell was fined £60,000 (almost $70,000) for health and safety breaches after a worker was struck by a cylinder and left severely injured at the platform. The platform was being decommissioned when the worker was severely injured aboard the Brent Delta oil platform in the North Sea. The accident occurred when pressured nitrogen cylinder was discharged uncontrollably and as a result injured 3 ...
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