Pipefitter Sues Houston Company for Severe Burn Injuries He Sustained in Explosion

A Galveston County worker who suffered disfiguring burns from a deadly explosion on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico is suing Houston’s Black Elk Energy LLC, the Wood Group USA Inc. and others based on claims that their negligence led to his terrible injuries.

The employee, who was working as a pipefitter at the time of the accident, is one of several workers injured in the November 16, 2012 explosion that left three dead. The 53-year-old suffered extensive burns on his face and most of his body from the explosion. Despite multiple surgical procedures, he remains permanently disfigured and stated in the lawsuit that he is in pain every day.

The man claims the companies in charge of the platform:

  • Failed to properly train and supervise workers
  • Did not provide adequate safety equipment or medical treatment
  • Did not inspect the platform
  • Violated federal labor laws and other regulations

The Importance of Workplace Safety

This is an unfortunate example of how another worker suffered unnecessary injuries because safety procedures were not followed properly. To avoid workplace accidents, it is important that companies develop and follow proper safety protocol. Maintaining equipment, preparing for emergency situations and properly training employees are necessary components of avoiding workplace injuries.

If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide injured workers monetary benefits and medical treatment for job-related injuries in lieu of the injured worker filing a lawsuit against the employer.

At The Law Offices of Aaron Allison, our experienced attorney has a thorough knowledge of the complex and unique aspects of Texas workers’ compensation law. Contact our Austin workers’ compensation attorney today at (512) 474-8346 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Workers’ Compensation Attorney



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