Fire and Explosion on Offshore Platform in Gulf of Mexico

by | Sep 12, 2020 | Offshore accidents

Shortly after Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana, a fire was discovered on Texas Petroleum Investment Company’s Main Pass Block 67C South Platform. A worker on the platform heard an explosion and saw flames shortly afterwards on August 28, 2020.  The worker and a second one on the platform had to be evacuated from the platform.  Workers on nearby platforms immediately began shutting down connections to the burning platform to prevent the fire from spreading.  Once isolated, the fire decreased in size.

A spokesman for the company has said that no oil was released into the Gulf during the fire and explosion.  The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations related to dangerous weather conditions are not made.  This is especially so on an offshore platform. Safe oil companies must account for dangerous weather conditions, to prevent catastrophic incidents from occurring. Offshore platforms are a dangerous environment, requiring extra safety precautions.

Spagnoletti Law Firm has handled offshore platform fire and explosion lawsuits throughout the country on behalf of injured workers from all over the world.  Spagnoletti Law Firm previously represented the family members of Filipino offshore workers who were on the Black Elk Energy offshore oil platform that exploded in 2012.  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.