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Offshore platform explosion kills 1 worker, injures 3

On Nov. 20, one worker died and three others were injured in a gas and oil platform explosion off the coast of Louisiana. A spokesperson for Fieldwood Energy, a company based in Houston, said that the explosion is an isolated incident that has been fully contained. No damage was done to the facility or environment, the spokesperson noted.

Authorities reported that the incident occurred at the West Delta 105 "E" facility in the Gulf of Mexico at around 3 p.m. One worker, a contractor's employee, suffered fatal injuries in the explosion. Three other workers suffered nonfatal injuries, one of them being serious, authorities said. All of the other employees present at the offshore site when the explosion occurred were accounted for, purportedly.

According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, no production was ongoing when the explosion happened. The agency and U.S. Coast Guard are working together to investigate the incident.

This is the second gas-related explosion off of the Louisiana coast in nearly two months. In a September incident, a contractor died and two other workers were injured while performing maintenance work on a pipeline for Chevron. That explosion is still being investigated, reportedly.

Louisiana workers who are injured on the job might qualify for workers' compensation benefits. Following the accident, the injured employees would have to notify their employers as soon as possible. Provided that they file a workers' compensation claim according to the law, they may receive benefits to cover medical care, lost wages and even vocational rehabilitation services. Yet, not all claims are processed without friction or dispute. For this reason, it may serve injured workers well to turn to the guidance of an attorney who practices in the area of workers' compensation.

Source: KLFY, "Worker killed, 3 others injured in platform blast", November 21, 2014

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