An oil rig near Victoria, Texas went up in flames recently when workers were drilling into the Eagle Ford. Crew members were sent scrambling for cover when the rig exploded with a loud boom. A spokesperson for EOG resources says that all workers made it off the rig safely and that there were not any injuries. The fire burned for several days after the explosion because it was fueled by gases and other flammables. Firefighters and private contractors worked to extinguish the flames and maintain the fire, hoping that they could help to minimize damage.
OSHA Investigates Lavaca County Explosion
After the incident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived to start investigating the explosion. The OSHA does not have an inspection history for the rig, but they explained that they hope to learn more about the nature of the rig in an attempt to understand details about it and the probability for the explosion. The Wide Well Control of Houston lead fire suppression efforts and also assembled well control efforts and special equipment to add safety controls at the site of the accident.
Explosion Still Under Investigation
Oftentimes rig explosion investigations can take months to complete. The OSHA and other federal safety advocates will want to carefully inspect the details of the explosion to determine whether a supervisor was at-fault, an untrained worker was responsible, or if the accident was due to poor construction or maintenance of the rig. Once the liable party is identified, then victims will have the ability to seek compensation for any offshore injuries that they suffered while on the burning rig.
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If you are an offshore worker who was injured in a rig explosion like this one in Lavaca County, then you have the right to an attorney. You can contact Arnold & Itkin LLP today if you want assistance in your case. The oil rig explosion attorneys at this firm were heavily involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and have won over $500 million for clients throughout the United States. If you want more information talk to the firm today!