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Blog Posts in 2014

Welding Safety a Must on Oil Rigs

Among the many hazardous jobs onboard offshore oil rigs, welding presents its own unique set of risks. In addition to other issues, if safety practices are neglected, a welding accident can lead to ...
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Recent Offshore Explosion Highlights the Dangers of Offshore Work

Among the numerous risks faced by workers at offshore oil rigs, the threat of explosions carries potentially fatal consequences. The industry faced yet another grim reminder of this possibility when ...
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How Oil Rig Blowouts Occur

When an offshore oil rig is being drilled, serious problems can occur if pressure is not properly monitored, leading to pressure changes that can ultimately result in the rapid flowing of combustible ...
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Evacuation and Rescue Measures After an Explosion at Sea

When danger looms over an oil rig or an emergency situation has occurred, the reactions of crewmembers could mean the difference between life and death. Coordinating a plan of evacuation and what ...
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Oil Rig Explosion on Texas-New Mexico Border Kills Worker, Injures Others

An oil rig explosion along the border of Texas and New Mexico killed one worker and injured three others. The explosion occurred shortly before midnight last Friday, November 14th near Carlsbad, New ...
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Oil Rig Explosion Kills Eagle Ford Shale Worker

A worker who was injured during an oil rig explosion on the Eagle Ford shale two weeks ago died on Saturday at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. The 50-year-old worker was one of five people ...
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Lawsuits Filed Over Denton Fracking Ban

On Tuesday, voters in Denton, Texas approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking). Fracking is a process used to extract oil and gas out of deep-rock formations by injecting ...
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Types of Offshore Drilling Vessels

The ever-growing oil industry has developed the use of many offshore drilling platforms and other offshore movable structures. Variations in sea level, weather conditions, and a desire for platform ...
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Most Common Oil Rig Job Titles

Offshore oil rigs are isolated operations, consisting of hundreds of workers who perform a variety of tasks. From management positions and supporting roles to technical engineers, oil rigs require a ...
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The Physical Nature of Offshore Oil Rig Jobs

Oil rig jobs have a reputation for being well-paid positions, as well as coming with serious risks and a lot of hard work. Between long hours and tough manual labor, workers often find themselves in ...
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Oil Rig Workers Are Well Paid, But Are the Dangers Worth the Money?

It's no secret that oil rig workers stand to make an impressive paycheck, even in entry-level positions. However, are these salaries worth the dangers that they face on a daily basis? Salaries for ...
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Who Can File an Oil Rig Wrongful Death Claim?

As the most deadly industry to work in, according to the CDC, the oil and gas industry is known as a high-risk field. With highly flammable products, huge and complex machinery, and a brutal work ...
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Long and Short Term Effects of Burn Injuries

Among the many injuries that workers can receive on the job, burns are among the most painful. Depending on the severity of the burn, a victim may be facing months of recovery and/or permanent damage. ...
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How does the Jones Act Affect Oil Rig Workers?

The Jones Act, part of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, provides that maritime workers on sea vessels can seek compensation for injuries acquired while at sea. This law clearly covers fishermen, ...
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Importance of Well-Maintained Blowout Preventers

In the dangerous and delicate field of oilrigs, hundreds of mechanical parts come together to maintain the integrity of the structure and keep the rig functioning properly. Among these, the blowout ...
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Explosion at BP Whiting Refinery

Late Wednesday night, an explosion occurred at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. According to a statement from the Whiting Fire Department, a compressor at the refinery exploded and caused a fire at ...
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Oil Spill Liability Cap May Increase

In 1990, the federal government passed the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. OPA established strict liability for the company responsible for an oil spill and mandated ...
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No Criminal Charges Filed in Fatal Washington Refinery Explosion

In April of 2010, an explosion at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Washington killed seven workers and injured many more. After a four year investigation into the cause of the explosion, the ...
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Law Blocking "Big Oil" Lawsuit Challenged by Louisiana Flood Authority

In July of 2013, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority (SLFA) filed a lawsuit in in Louisiana state court against 97 oil and gas companies. They lawsuit alleged that the defendants had damaged ...
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Macondo Well Owners Unable to Avoid Oil Spill Fines

On Wednesday, June 4, a federal appeals court released a ruling that would not allow the owners of the Macondo well to avoid federal fines following the tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010, as ...
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