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Underwater Welding: The Most Dangerous Offshore Energy Profession

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 1:22 pm by Williams Hart   |  Updated: Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 9:18 am    

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003-2013 the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experience unprecedented growth leading to a doubling of its workforce and an increase in the number of drilling rigs by 71%. 

Specifically, a major source of oil and natural gas for the United States, the western and central Gulf of Mexico is now home to approximately 175 offshore drilling rigs that produce 1.65 million barrels of oil per day (2017). 

Thousands of industry professionals have flocked to deep water drilling rigs along the coast on the promise of abundant, well-paying labor. Although oil and gas extraction professionals earn famously lucrative compensation, their operations are not without risk. In fact, as of 2017 the number of work-related fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry increased by 27.6%, with a total of 1,189 deaths. 

Undoubtedly, the most dangerous offshore energy profession is underwater welding. Deep water drilling rigs require rigorous maintenance, specifically platforms and pipelines. While underwater welding is considered one of the most gainful specializations on offshore drilling rigs, it is also the most hazardous. 

Underwater welders are at risk to numerous threats, including but not limited to: 

  • Electrocution
  • Drowning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Hypothermia

Occupational injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas industry are especially serious realities for underwater welders. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in oil and natural gas injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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