Offshore Oil Rig Worker Killed in Crane Accident Off Texas Coast

Posted on Sep 16, 2011

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has confirmed the death of an offshore oil rig worker in a crane accident off of the coast of Texas.

According to local news sources, 20-year-old Brandon Noland of Katy, Texas, was working on a platform in the High Island production block of the Gulf of Mexico when he was injured. While another worker was using a crane to move a piece of equipment from the platform to a work boat, the boom hoist cable snapped. Noland, who was an employee of the contractor Wood Group, was struck by part of the falling crane and died of his injuries. No one else was hurt in the offshore worker accident.

The oil rig platform, which is located in approximately 220 feet of water and about 75 miles from the Texas shoreline, is owned by Energy Resource Technology, a division of Helix Energy Solutions.

BOEMRE is currently conducting an investigation into the on-the-job death. The Bureau issued a statement offering its condolences to the family and friends of Noland, stressing that they would work to ensure that the industry was held to the highest safety standards in order to prevent similar accidents in the future.

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