Offshore Construction: The Risks Are Real
Construction is a dangerous line of work — all the more so when it takes place at sea. All of the same hazards that exist on land also threaten the safety of offshore workers. And because the conditions are so strenuous — and the work takes place far from quality medical care — the risk of serious or fatal accidents is difficult to ignore.
If you earn a living in the offshore construction industry, you’re likely aware of the dangers. Any number of things can go wrong in the blink of an eye, including:
- Falls from significant heights
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Fires, explosions and burns
- Electrical shocks
- Injuries from heavy machinery, cranes and the like
- Getting struck by falling objects
- Helicopter crashes during transport to or from the job site
Even When You Follow The Rules, Others Might Not
You may go out of your way to play it safe, but factors beyond your control can still lead to accidents. Perhaps your employer hasn’t put proper safety protocols into place. Maybe you don’t have access to the right safety gear. Perhaps the owner of the construction barge (or other vessel) hasn’t had it inspected and maintained up to current standards. Often, it takes a thorough investigation to paint a full picture of what contributed to your injury.
To make matters more complicated, your right to compensation depends on many factors, including:
- The nature of your work — for example, whether it’s connected with offshore operations, even if it takes place on land
- The type and location of your job site — for example, whether you’re working on a fixed oil rig, a jack-up rig, a derrick barge, a pipelaying ship or another vessel
- Your employment status — for example, as an employee of an oil company, an employer of a contracting company or an independent contractor
Get Help From A Lawyer Dedicated To Your Rights
So how do you make sense of your rights after an offshore construction accident? You don’t have to do so alone. The law firm of Larry Curtis in Louisiana can help. We represent injured construction workers as well as the family members of workers who have been killed in tragic accidents.
Because we have decades of experience in the maritime law field, we understand the state and federal laws that may apply to your situation. Lawyer Larry Curtis also regularly appears in federal court. He has earned a respected reputation across the Gulf Coast as a leading maritime attorney.