Update: Workers were welding when oil rig exploded in Bayou Perot

12/03/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

New Orleans, LA —Officials have reported that the three workers who were injured during an oil rig explosion in Bayou Perot were welding on the rig, when it exploded and caught fire. The oil well operator, Louisiana Delta Oil Co., reported the fire to the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Office in Houma at 10 a.m., December 1, 2010, reported NOLA.com.

The three unidentified workers were apparently on a workover rig, which is used to repair or renovate an existing well, while they were welding. When the rig exploded, it caught fire, leaving the workers with burns and other injuries.

The cause of the explosion has yet to be released.

The injured workers were transported by boat to the town of Jean Lafitte, which was about three miles away from the rig. Ambulances on land then rushed the victims to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

One worker reportedly sustained serious burns and injuries, while the two others sustained minor burns and injuries. All three men were admitted to the burn unit.

Investigations are underway.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Louisiana work-related accident lawyers.

Update from previous story: “Oil Rig Explosion Near New Orleans Injured 3 Workers.”

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