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Offshore Safety

Diving Safety Measures

Diving Safety Measures Every job on offshore oil rigs carries a high level of risk. Commercial offshore divers are no exception, and as they check, maintain, and expand a rig's structure, it is important that they take every precaution possible to avoid a disastrous accident. Commercial diving safety measures can include maintaining equipment, establishing communication during every dive, and ...
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Oil Rig, Offshore Injuries

The Dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide

When drilling in offshore rigs for oil and natural gas, workers face dozens of risks that threaten their safety and their lives. One of these dangers is exposure to hydrogen sulfide. This gas can be present in natural gas in amounts up to 90%, and small amounts are sometimes present in crude petroleum. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly corrosive chemical compound. It produces a foul smell of rotten ...
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9 18

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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit on behalf of a worker who was injured in a shipyard in Seattle. The plaintiff, a ship repairman from La Marque, Texas, severely injured his back, elbows and other parts of his body after falling through grating on a vessel located in the shipyard. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff's employer, Crowley Maritime Corporation, is liable for the injuries for failing ...
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Drilling Rig Accident, Oil Rig

Are Jack-up Rigs Safe?

Jack-up rigs, the most commonly used mobile rigs today, are a particular kind of oil rig, which can be moved into place and held there via legs that are extended to the sea floor. They are employed at sea level depths ranging from 50 to 300 feet deep. As of the end of 2013, there are over 500 jack-up rigs being used across the U.S. There are two main types of jack-up rigs in use: mobile offshore ...
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Piracy, Maritime Piracy

Who is Liable for Pirate Attacks at Sea?

The pirate attack of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 was the first time a U.S. vessel had been captured by pirates since the early 19 th century. The highly publicized incident involving the capture of a cargo ship by Somali pirates raised questions as to the liability of companies in the event of a pirate attack. In a currently pending lawsuit, several crewmembers of the vessel are seeking ...
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Congress approved the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Clarification Act on July 29, 2014 in an effort to elaborate on insurance coverage for employees who work in the recreational vessel repair industry. The legislation clarifies what is considered a "recreational vessel," helping business owners and employers to determine whether they should provide general state workers compensation or ...
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Deepwater Horizon, Oil Spill
On Tuesday, Halliburton announced it had reached a deal to settle lawsuits that were filed against the company for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The lawsuits were brought by individuals and business owners who suffered property damage and/or economic losses due to the spill. Through the settlement, Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion into a trust over two years after other ...
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