Offshore worker dies on Gulf of Mexico platform

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An offshore worker has died on a Gulf of Mexico offshore platform operated by Energy Resource Technology (ERT), a subsidiary of Talos.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Tuesday that it was conducting an investigation into the fatality.

The third-party construction worker died in an area of the Gulf of Mexico known as West Cameron 215A, about 64 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

ERT reported that the fatality occurred at approximately 10:30 am on February 17, 2018.

According to the BSEE, the deceased worker was involved in removing firewater piping at the time of the incident. No other personnel were harmed, and there was no pollution as a result of the incident.

The BSEE added that its Gulf of Mexico Region investigators and inspectors began conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the fatality over the weekend.

It is worth mentioning that ERT was sentenced to three years of probation, and had to pay a $4 million fine and $200,000 community service payment for violations on its Gulf of Mexico facilities in 2012.

The company pleaded guilty in April 2016 to two felony counts of violating the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and two felony counts of violating the Clean Water Act related to conduct on its offshore oil production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore Energy Today Staff