Fires are a huge problem in the marine industry. They are especially dangerous on ships that work in the offshore oil and gas industry – a spark on one of those ships can cause huge damages and sometime fatalities. In the past three years, there have been 348 explosions and fires at offshore drilling sites in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of California.
It’s standard practice for the U.S. Coast Guard to inspect the safety of offshore platforms, rigs and supply vessels. The Coast Guard attempts to ensure they are compliant with international safety standards and U.S. offshore safety regulations. However, the Coast Guard continues to find numerous safety problems on rigs and vessels. Surprisingly, 60 percent of offshore supply vessels and half of mobile drilling units do not have a safety management system.
Fortunately, the industry is making steps towards becoming more prepared. There is now a growing demand for emergency response training in the industry. There are companies that offer marine firefighting training that will show crewmembers how to fight different types of fires as well as how to stay safe. There are also better fire suppression systems on ships and rigs now, some of which are automatically engaged when a fire occurs, and others which require a trained person to use.
If a person is injured in a fire onboard an offshore drilling platform or rig, he or she is entitled to compensation. There may be a number of benefits available. It’s important that an injured worker consult with an attorney to ensure that he or she is getting all benefits to which he or she is entitled. If you have been injured on the job, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about us on LinkedIn.