This week, the Hercules 265 natural gas rig, leased by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, exploded and burned in a dramatic offshore accident—the second to occur off the coast of Louisiana in a month. While natural gas leaks and accidents on offshore platforms get less media attention because they cause less environmental damage, they are still extremely dangerous to the workers and crew of the drilling rigs. More specifically, natural gas poses two huge dangers to workers:
Danger 1: Natural gas is extremely flammable
The reason that natural gas is such a great choice for cooking and heating is that it is extremely combustible—a small amount can produce a large amount of energy. While this is great if you need fuel, it is dangerous if you are working with large quantities of the substance. It doesn’t take much to ignite natural gas—and if a natural gas leak and fire starts on an offshore platform, it can be extremely difficult to put out.
Danger 2: Natural gas is odorless and can cause asphyxia
If a natural gas leak causes the substance to concentrate in a closed area, any workers in the location could begin to feel sick to their stomachs and dizzy. Some may experience headaches and loss of consciousness. This is because the gases that make up natural gas displace oxygen, leaving anyone breathing the substance struggling for air.
Injured offshore worker attorneys
Have you or a loved one been harmed while working with natural gas offshore? You should know your rights and secure compensation. To speak with an offshore worker injury attorney today, call Vujasinovic & Beckcom at 877.724.7800.