Cause of PEMEX’s Abkatun Platform Fire Announced

by | Oct 23, 2015 | Offshore accidents

Mexico’s Agencia de Seguridad, Energia y Ambiente (ASEA) has issued its report following an investigation into the deadly offshore platform fire on PEMEX’s Abkatun platform.  During the incident, four workers lost their lives, with sixteen injured.  Three workers went missing and were never recovered.

According to ASEA’s findings, the explosion was caused by a leak in a corroded gas line at the platform.  The corrosion was accelerated from what was expected because of micro-organisms and sulfuric acid present in the gas line.  Offshore oil companies must perform regular inspections and maintenance on their platforms.  When the condition of gas lines deteriorate, deadly explosions and fires can occur.  In a marine environment, rust and corrosion is exacerbated.  This is a risk that companies both know in advance, and must plan for.

Spagnoletti Law Firm has handled numerous lawsuits involving offshore platforms on behalf of injured workers from all over the world.  Our lawyers have extensive experience in offshore personal injury and wrongful death litigation and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another party.

The experienced and aggressive maritime attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of this tragic accident. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to offshore accidents, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.

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