Lafayette, LA (PRWEB) October 11, 2013
On the heels of a fatal oil rig explosion last year that was reportedly caused by poorly trained subcontract workers, Louisiana offshore accident lawyer William Gee said today that it’s crucial for all workers to be properly trained at such work sites.
Gee commented on an article published in the Houston Business Journal (“Black Elk plans to resume drilling at Gulf of Mexico explosion site soon,” August 28). The HBJ reported that the West Delta 32 oil platform – the site of the deadly November 2012 explosion that killed three – was scheduled to reopen for production in early September.
“It’s the responsibility of any employer to hire skilled workers and to provide sufficient training to their employees. As we saw in November’s tragedy, failure to do so could result in a catastrophic accident and serious legal repercussions,” said Gee, who represents workers injured in offshore drilling accidents and families who lost loved ones in accidents.
According to the article, Black Elk – the company that owns the platform – anticipated a final walk-through with federal regulators and for officials from the Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement to approve the re-opening of the offshore rig.
According to another article by the Houston Business Journal (“Report shifts blame in fatal Black Elk explosion,” August 21), Black Elk filed a report that claimed that last year’s fatal accident occurred after subcontract workers failed to inform company officials of construction work being done on the platform.
According to the story, subcontract workers were welding in an unsafe area in which they were unauthorized to do so and in direct violation of safety standards aboard the vessel at the time of the accident.
“While it’s the responsibility of contract and subcontract workers to be properly trained and follow essential safety regulations, it’s the responsibility of oil rig owners to conduct thorough background checks into the safety credentials and work history of the people they choose to hire,” said Gee, an offshore accident lawyer in Louisiana. “We have seen first-hand the devastating impact of accidents on drilling platforms. That’s why we work hard to help victims obtain the compensation and closure they deserve – and to make sure that similar accidents don’t happen again.”
About The Law Office of William Gee III
For over twenty years, Louisiana maritime accident lawyer William Gee III has earned a reputation as an offshore accident lawyer who tirelessly fights to protect the rights of those injured at sea. William Gee is highly dedicated to the maritime/offshore personal injury sector of his law practice. Gee is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor reserved for trial lawyers who have obtained settlements or verdicts for clients totaling over two million dollars.
If you’ve been injured in a maritime or offshore accident, contact the Law Office of William Gee at 1-800-CALL-GEE today for a free case consultation.
The Law Office of William Gee III is located at:
2014 W. Pinhook Road, Suite 501
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508