A worker on an Apache-owned offshore platform off the coast of Louisiana died in an accident last week. The accident occurred on Wednesday morning, when the worker Joseph Bruno, was on a swing rope from a vessel to the offshore platform. He lost his balance and fell into the water. Other workers nearby were able to quickly pull him out of the water, but he died soon after. Bruno was an employee of HIS Fire and Safety Company based in Delcambre. He was a fire watcher, and had been a part of an HIS team that had been hired by Apache to perform maintenance work on the platform. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Joseph Bruno. As a maritime lawyer, I'm well aware of the constant risks and hazards that workers in offshore oil rigs and platforms face every day. Each minute on an offshore rig platform is different from the next, and brings with it its own dangers. Workers on an offshore platform are expected to continue their responsibilities and duties, regardless of the kind of sea or weather conditions at the time. Those conditions can be treacherous. Stormy winds, rough and choppy seas, blazing sun – an offshore worker is expected to work in all these conditions. The work itself is strenuous labor that is rife with the risk of injuries. If you are an offshore worker injured in an accident on an offshore oil rig or platform, you have rights to compensation under the Jones Act or other maritime laws. Contact a maritime attorney at my office for an evaluation of your case. All initial consultations are free and confidential.
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