Offshore oil rigs can be dangerous—even deadly—work environments, and even getting to work can create serious risks for the men and women who spend long hours laboring on platforms and rigs around the world. Tragically, every year, oil rig contractors and employees are hurt in helicopter accidents at sea during air transportation to or from worksites. In fact, over the course of spring this year, at least three accidents have taken place involving helicopters transporting to and from rigs and platforms:
- On June 11, a helicopter owned by Westwind Helicopters sunk just under 200 yards away from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing both the pilot and a passenger.
- On May 30, another Westwind helicopter crashed and fell off a platform near Marsh Island, Louisiana, while carrying six people. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
- On May 8, a helicopter transporting workers to a Russian-owned rig crashed off the coast of Ghana, taking three lives.
Pilots and Workers Need to Be Prepared for an Emergency During Air Transport to Offshore Rigs and Platforms
While the helicopter pilots who transport workers to offshore rigs generally undergo training to help limit the severity of a crash when something goes wrong, safety training and emergency planning can’t stop every accident—and that danger is seriously compounded when:
- Safety training is skipped, rushed, or inadequate
- Equipment malfunctions or is not maintained properly
- Safety procedures aren’t followed
- Companies don’t put the priority on the safety of its workers at sea
Confusion Follows Helicopter Accidents at Sea, But Injured Workers Can Start Getting Answers Now
When workers are injured at sea in these kinds of transport accidents, they and their families often face a confusing maze of companies, owners, contractors, adjustors, and mysterious paperwork. Our Houston-based legal team is here to shed light on the process, and we have direct experience helping injured rig workers understand their rights, determine who is responsible for their injuries, and start taking action.
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