A recent accident on Shell Oil’s Auger Tension Leg Platform, located in the Gulf of Mexico, resulted in two deaths and another injury. Federal authorities continue to investigate the accident and the causes behind it.
According to authorities, the accident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 30. The platform is located about 214 miles southwest of New Orleans in the Gulf, and this most recent incident marks the third fatal accident to occur on an offshore oil platform in barely over a month. It has once again raised concerns among safety advocates and federal agencies about how these oil companies are protecting their workers and what can be done to ensure greater safety on oil platforms.
In May, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement set up new investigation panels to look into the other accidents that had already occurred on platforms. With this most recent accident, the U.S. Coast Guard sent officers from its New Orleans Investigations Unit to investigate the platform to determine the cause of the incident and to inspect the state of equipment on the platform. Shell is cooperating fully with federal authorities during this process.
One of the fatalities was to a Shell employee, and the other was to a contractor with Danos. The injured party was another Shell employee, who was released from the hospital after receiving treatment and was expected to make a full recovery.
A person who has been injured in an accident on an oil platform, or the family of a person who died in such an accident, may be able to recover compensation.
For more information about how best to proceed with your case, contact the trusted Lafayette personal injury attorney, Mark Artall, APLC, today.