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Offshore Louisiana Injury Accident Leaves Three Dead, Two Hurt


Posted on Sep 25, 2013

In 2012, a deadly explosion erupted on an oil rig right off the coast of Louisiana. Now, investigators have determined that the accident happened as a result of a subcontractor’s unsafe welding practices.

The explosion reportedly happened when Wood Group PSN, the subcontractor doing wielding on the oil rig, failed to follow safe welding processes during their “hot work.” Reports showed that they failed to stop working when there were unexpected conditions, including the smell of gas. The firm doing the investigation said that the area had not yet been made safe for welding, but the subcontractors proceeded with their welding efforts regardless.

The report was released the same day that two workers hurt in the Louisiana accident filed a $180 million federal lawsuit for the injuries they received in the explosion. Antonio Tamayo and Wilberto Ilagan and their spouses filed the lawsuit, alleging that they suffered physical and mental injuries.

A spokesperson for Wood Group PSN, the contractor overseeing work on the platform, said that they are committed to preventing injuries and that they plan to review procedures regularly and provide the training, knowledge and tools needed to work safely and prevent any future injury accidents in Louisiana or across the world.

At our Louisiana construction accident law firm, we understand the trauma these types of accidents can cause. Brain injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones, and mental anguish are just some of the traumas that workers can experience in a workplace accident such as this. We send our condolences to the families that lost a loved one in this tragic accident, and hope that the surviving injured workers make a full recovery.

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