Working on an oil rig, or an offshore oil drilling platform, is a tough job. It's dangerous. It's physically demanding. It's remote. If you do get injured, you could be hundreds of miles from a hospital. Workers suffer serious injuries and even die on these rigs every year.
The early summer months are the most popular times for dredging sites to pop up near rivers and other bodies of water. Most of the activity occurs in the early months of the summer as many states are trying to balance out their waters from all the spring flooding they received.
A Celebrity Cruises worker was awarded $10.3 million for spinal injuries he suffered on the job this week in Miami.
If you work in a shipyard or a harbor or you're a longshore worker, then you were likely taught about the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Act (LHWCA) when you were first trained for your job. They might not have gone into great detail about what it is and who's eligible for protection under it though.
According to OSHA, there is an average of six to thirteen commercial diving fatalities every year. That may not seem like much, but there are only around 10,000 employees in this profession, so the ratio is much higher than it is for other industries.
Two oil rig workers were killed and another was injured on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana on June 30. The fatal incident happened on the Shell Auger Leg Platform, which can be found 214 miles off the coast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, at around 9 a.m.