Working on a oil rig requires daily safety checks. Louisiana residents who work on oil rigs may come to consider their days as routine, but they are often anything but that. Every day is another opportunity for a ‘fixed equipment mechanical integrity failure’ to occur, which could lead to catastrophic injuries that require pursuing compensation under admiralty and maritime law.

When considering what constitutes a big FEMI event, think of injection point failures, heat exchanger ruptures and brittle equipment failures. These events often result in serious injuries and fatalities, along with a significant amount of media attention. Each day, Louisiana oil rig workers inspect for and stop leaks, complete necessary mitigation efforts and inspect equipment on a timely and routine basis.

All of these efforts work toward preventing Class I and Class II releases that result in catastrophic FEMI events. However, employers and employees alike need to keep the big picture in mind as well. Something as simple as corrosion could derail an operation and lead to injuries and death. Those who have worked on oil rigs for a substantial amount of time may question whether something may soon go wrong when things are going well.

In any case, preventing big FEMI events does need to be on everyone’s radar. However, the day-to-day mishaps can also result in serious, debilitating and permanent injuries. If that happens, employees need to know that whole sections of admiralty and maritime law exist to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries, along with the financial losses associated with them.