Louisiana man Dies in Offshore Drilling Accident
A man from Erath, Louisiana was killed while working on a drilling rig off the coast of Mozambique on June 3. The accident occurred on the Deepwater Millenium drillship, owned by Transocean, around 1:20 in the morning.
The drillship is involved in testing operations at a new site discovered by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation off the shores of Mozambique. The victim, Joshua Punch, was a 35 year old employee of Houston based HTK consultants. It was his first day on the job.
A spokesman for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, John Christiansen, said that an investigation into the man's death and the cause of his accident was underway. He also said, "This was an absolute tragic accident, and we are heartsick at this loss of life."
Offshore work can be extremely dangerous. Employees face dangers that range from rough weather conditions to hazards on board their ships or rigs due to trips, slips and fall, the presence of heavy machinery or many other potential dangers. Additionally, when working overseas in regions like offshore Mozambique, American workers face threats from pirates who are posing an increased threat to individuals stationed in coastal Africa.
With so many inherent dangers present in offshore work, even the slightest change in situation or the smallest amount of employer negligence can lead to a tragic accident such as this one. If employers do not take appropriate precautions to maintain vessel seaworthiness and safe working environments, they can and should be held accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured while working offshore, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a personal injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation.