Lawsuit Filed for Offshore Worker after Incident on Shell Ursa Platform

by | Jun 14, 2021 | Offshore accidents, Personal Injury

Spagnoletti Law Firm recently filed suit on behalf of an offshore worker who sustained severe physical injuries on Shell’s Ursa platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  The worker, a pressure control operator employed by Halliburton Energy Services, was assisting with rigging in order to perform slip line work.  The worker was 15 feet in the air on scaffolding, unscrewing a wireline lubricator connection by hand with the assistance of the crane on board the platform when he was injured.  The lawsuit brings claims against Shell Oil Company, and Helmerich & Payne, the employed of the crane operator involved with the work.  The Plaintiff remains unable to work as a result of his injuries.  The lawsuit alleges Shell was negligence in the following ways:

(a) failing to provide proper and adequate supervision of the crane;
(b) failing to properly coordinate the lift;
(c) failing to take reasonable precautions for Plaintiff’s safety;
(d) failing to maintain adequate communication with the crane operator;
(e) failing to exercise stop work authority;
(f) failing to perform adequate safety meetings and analyses to identify and minimize the risk to Plaintiff and others;
(g) failing to assess the conditions on board the platform prior to using the crane;
(h) failing to properly train its employees about the proper conditions to conduct operations involving use of the crane;
(i) failing to have enough personnel to safely perform the work;
(j) failing to ensure the safety of workers aboard the platform;
(k) failing to perform all operations in a safe and work-like manner;
(l) failing to properly plan and supervise the job;
(m) failing to provide adequate equipment for the task at hand; and,
(n) other acts of negligence and/or omissions to be shown at trial herein.

The lawsuit alleges Helmerich & Payne was negligent in:

(a) failing to provide proper and adequate supervision of the work;
(b) failing to properly coordinate the lift;
(c) failing to take reasonable precautions for Plaintiff’s safety;
(d) failing to maintain adequate communication with workers on the platform;
(e) failing to exercise stop work authority;
(f) failing to perform adequate safety meetings and analyses to identify and minimize the risk to Plaintiff and others;
(g) failing to assess the conditions on board the platform prior to using the crane;
(h) failing to properly train its employees about the proper conditions to conduct operations involving use of the crane;
(i) failing to have enough personnel to safely perform the work;
(j) failing to ensure the safety of workers aboard the platform;
(k) failing to perform all operations in a safe and work-like manner;
(l) failing to properly plan and supervise the job;
(m) failing to provide adequate equipment for the task at hand; and,
(n) other acts of negligence and/or omissions to be shown at trial herein.

The injured worker is represented by Eric J. Rhine.

Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, and New York.  We have handled numerous cases involving complex litigation in both federal and state court across the country.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in litigation of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  Our attorneys have the skills needed to aggressively represent the families of loved ones or those who have been seriously injured during an offshore accident.

The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was seriously injured or died as a result of injuries on an offshore oil platform. Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.