Companies know that offshore work can be dangerous. They must take steps through training and accommodations to lower the level of danger that comes with working on an offshore oil rig. Offshore oil rig workers have to undergo specific training (e.g. HUET) in case the helicopter transporting them crashes into the ocean. However, this training is done in a controlled environment and monitored by safety personnel. Training on the offshore platform itself has a heightened level of danger.
Another Series of Avoidable Deaths
Once again, two offshore oil rig workers on Shell’s Auger platform, located in the Gulf of Mexico, died. This time the deaths occurred while undergoing a lifeboat launch and retrieval exercise. Media outlets have stated this exercise was routine. Yet, this tragedy will be the third such fatal incident in the span of almost a month for this specific oil rig alone. Some are already speculating as to what could have prevented another needless death on Shell’s Auger platform. As of June 30, 2019, a federal investigation has been launched. This investigation saw the U.S. Coast Guard’s New Orleans Investigations Unit deployed to Shell’s Auger platform.
What You Need to Know
Tragedies like these can strike at any time in this type of high stress and dangerous environment. As these workers were offshore and employed by Shell, their families will most likely be able to receive compensation under a Jones Act claim.
This is why knowing how to file a Jones Act claim and the pitfalls that can arise are so important. For example, Jones Act claims have a statute of limitations of three years. This means if a suit isn’t filed within three years of the accident taking place, you or your family could lose the ability to recover any compensation at all.
Don’t wait for that to happen. A Texas Jones Act attorney can help you or your family insure that you are compensated.