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The Fox Law Firm is Reviewing Potential OFFSHORE PLATFORM/OIL-RIG Claims

  • Death
  • Serious Injury 

Have you suffered from severe injuries as a result of an accident while working on an Offshore Platform/Oil-Rig? 

Have your loved ones suffered from severe injuries – or even died – as a result of an accident while working on an Offshore Platform/Oil-Rig? 

If so, you should contact us immediately to protect your legal rights.  

If you or your loved ones have experienced any of these side effects you may have a claim for legal compensation.

Contact the lawyers of the Fox Law Firm for superior legal representation.  

An offshore platform – which may also be referred to as either an oil platform or as an oil-rig - is a very large structure, the specific purpose of which is to house both skilled workers and machinery required to drill wells in the bed of the ocean, extract oil and/or natural gas, process the product, and then ship them to shore.  

The overwhelming majority of all offshore platforms can be found on the Continental Shelf. As a result of advances in technology and the increased prices of crude oil, however, both drilling and production in deeper waters has become possible and economically worthwhile.  

Due to the harsh environments that can be encountered in the oceans - as well as the generally hazardous nature of the industry itself - accidents, injuries and deaths are unfortunately all too common. 

In July 1988, nearly 170 people lost their lives when the Occidental Petroleum's Piper Alpha offshore production platform – which was located on the Piper Field in the British sector of the North Sea - catastrophically exploded following a leak of gas.  

Two years later, in March 1980, the “Flotel” (Floating Hotel) platform Alexander Kjelland capsized during a harsh storm in the North Sea: 123 lives were lost as a result. In 2001, the Petrobras 36 platform exploded and killed 11 people in Brazil 

Within the United States, the oil and gas extraction industry has an average, yearly occupational fatality figure of 30 per 100,000 workers. 

To place things into their proper perspective, that figure is approximately eight times higher than the average rate of occupational fatalities rate for all U.S. workers.  

Although severe accidents and fatal injuries in the oil and gas industry were identified as a deeply pressing issue more than a decade ago, recently secured data clearly demonstrates that the problem still unfortunately persists. 

According to figures provided in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, during the period from 2003 to 2007, the number of fatalities that involved workers in the oil and gas industry increased by a significant 41%. 

Of the 500-plus deaths that occurred during 2003- 2007, the vast majority resulted from either highway motor vehicle crashes (which accounted for 29% of all deaths); or employees being hit by tools and/or equipment (21%).  

The next most common causes of death in the oil and gas industry were (a) explosions (8%), employees trapped and/or crushed in machinery and/or tools (8%), and falls to lower levels of the offshore platform (7%). 

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