Oil rig explosion in the USA

This video says about itself:

On average, sixteen workers are killed a day in the United States because of reckless negligence on the part of their employers. Under existing laws, these employers get a slap on the wrist, or walk away scot-free. Meanwhile, workers who blow the whistle face threats and retaliation at the workplace.

After the deaths of West Virgina miners … after the deaths of yet again oil workers at an unsafe refinery … after so many other workplace deathsfrom Associated Press today:

Workers sought after U.S. oil rig explosion

Reports of injuries among the 126 people on board the platform

breaking news

updated 5:55 a.m. ET April 21, 2010

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard says it is searching for some missing workers after an explosion at an oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana’s coast.

Coast Guard senior petty officer Mike O’Berry said Tuesday that authorities hope all the workers are aboard life boats and they have helicopters, boats and a plane in the area searching for them.

The explosion was reported around 10 p.m. Tuesday, O’Berry said. There were 126 people aboard the rig, which is 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, he said.

No deaths have been reported, but O’Berry said there are injuries. He did not know how many.

O’Berry also said five fire boats are battling the fire at the oil drilling platform Wednesday morning.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for more details.

See also here.

Oil Rig Explosion Leaves Workers Missing: here. And here.

We’re Still Mourning the Dead and Fighting for the Living: here.

Britain: Safety campaigners have called for company directors to be held accountable for deaths at work after two companies were slapped on the wrist for their fatal negligence: here.

Scotland: Hospital workers have backed a series of demands for improved working conditions and action to protect their well-being: here.

1 thought on “Oil rig explosion in the USA

  1. Coast Guard has not found missing rig workers

    (Reuters) – The Coast Guard said on Wednesday it has not found up to 12 crew members who were missing after a rig explosion offshore Louisiana.

    “We have not. We’re still searching,” said Coast Guard Lt. Sue Kerver, noting that the Coast Guard is the lead agency for the search and rescue effort.

    Earlier, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported on its website that the workers had been found safe. At the time, the Coast Guard could not confirm that report.

    (Reporting by Bruce Nichols in Houston; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)



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