At least seven people were injured when a large explosion on an oil rig operating on Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain ignited a fire Sunday evening, authorities said. Smoke and fire were visible from the shore. According to The (New Orleans) Advocate, citing Jefferson Parish officials, there were seven people aboard the platform. The injured were taken to New Orleans, with five people taken to the University Medical Center and two others taken to East Jefferson General Hospital. EMS officials said the five taken to the University Medical Center were being treated for blast-type injuries and burns and were in critical condition. The U.S. Coast Guard told the Advocate one man on the rig was not able to make it to shore after the explosion, and rescuers were searching for him. The worker has not been found. Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday. There were "a lot of injuries," many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected, McGregor said. Authorities on the scene reported that cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform.
One worker is dead and another lost a limb after an accident occurred on an oil rig near McCook, Texas. The injured worker remains in critical condition. The drilling site was on Moorefield Road, south of FM 490 near McCook. The incident occurred on September 25, 2017.
On June 21, 2013, a 40-year-old West Texas oilfield worker was killed when part of a drilling rig collapsed. Investigators said the victim was dead at the scene near Big Spring, Texas.
While numerous hazards surround workers in the oil and gas industry, a large construction accident this week served as a reminder that the kinds of heavy machinery involved in this industry are inherently dangerous from the very beginning. Eighty-nine workers at a construction yard in Singapore suffered injuries when a jack-up rig partially collapsed underneath them.
The Philippines Embassy confirmed this week that another worker died as a result of last week's explosion on a Black Elk Energy oil platform. This death brings the confirmed fatality count to two while a third worker remains missing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
In the wake of last week's explosion on a Black Elk Energy oil rig in the Gulf Coast, new information is surfacing about the company's safety record on its platforms. This explosion is the fourth notable incident and the second fire to have involved Black Elk facilities in the last two years alone.
A fire on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico has caused two deaths and led to the disappearance of two other rig workers. In addition, 11 workers were treated for injuries. Some are still hospitalized in critical condition.