A worker on an oil rig owned by Brazil’s national oil and gas agency has been killed in a fall accident . According to Brazilian state-controlled Petrobras, the accident occurred last week on the PUB-03 oil rig, which is located in the Rio Grande do Norte in the northeastern part of the country.
The worker and two of his colleagues fell on the deck of the rig. At the time of the accident, they had been boarding the rig from a vessel. The victim has been identified as a 48-year-old security worker. He sustained fatal injuries, and died at the scene. The two other workers were injured in the accident. One worker, a mechanic, suffered minor bruises in the accident, and the other, a supervisor, suffered a broken leg. According to Petrobras, it has set up a committee to investigate the cause of this maritime accident.
The Brazilian oil workers union has already commented on the tragedy, expressing its concerns about the work hazards in the industry. According to the union, this incident should be taken as a call to improve safety for workers.
Fall accidents are some of the most frequent types of maritime work place accidents. These accidents very often end in serious injuries, or even death. Maritime falls can occur from elevated surfaces like platforms. Falls can also occur on a slippery deck. Workers can slip and fall on stairways or from ladders. Fall accidents can result in fractures, broken bones, concussions, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries.
The maritime attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers represent oil rig workers injured in maritime accidents across the country.