Louisiana ports impacted by Russian oil ban may result in longer hours for rig workers.

Louisiana – March 11, 2022

Louisiana ports say they had been receiving Russian oil and other commodities from Russia before the U.S. banned imports of Russian oil and gas, importing more than a half-million barrels of Russian oil and refined products per day. Industry experts have noted the probability  of onshore U.S. oil regions becoming even more productive due to the Russian oil ban caused by the invasion of Ukraine. The pressure to increase production to provide oil and gas to American and European consumers is a reality and workers in Louisiana may be working longer hours. An experienced attorney in Louisiana can assist victims of workplace accidents and toxic exposure by building a case addressing dangers present to a worker, and the reliance on the company to provide a safe workplace in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.


Working on an oil rig is a dangerous job, but if proper safety precautions are addressed, it is not as risky of a work place as imagined, even if the minimum requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) specific to that occupation are met. If there are deviations from standard requirements, outcomes can be disastrous for workers.  An injury attorney can guide victims of negligence if that is the cause for oil rig work site accidents including toxic exposure.


OSHA considers “Exposure” or “exposed” to mean that an employee is subjected to a toxic substance, or harmful physical agent in the course of employment through any route of entry, including inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, or absorption, etc., and includes past exposure and potential, either accidental or possible exposure.  Exposure does not include situations where the employer can demonstrate that the toxic substance, or harmful physical agent is not used, handled, stored, generated, or present in the workplace in any manner different from typical non-occupational situations.” Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health claims that a person working in the oil or gas industry is six times more likely to die on the job than any other American worker.

Work Site Accidents.

Oil rig workers experience multiple dangers utilizing the heavy machinery, working with  large compression valves, toxic chemicals, and electrical components related to big rigging. Supervisors and maintenance managers owe employees the duty of patrolling work areas regularly to make sure there are no deviations from safety standards, and to check for naturally-occurring dangers related to weather changes, or aging equipment. Deviation from work safety standards may cause accidents related to:

  • Gas Explosion Blasts.
  • Toxic Chemical Exposure.
  • Falls.
  • Burns.

Workers’ compensation vs. civil action.

A skilled toxic exposure attorney can initiate a claim supported by proof of employer negligence to seek monetary compensation through either a workers’ compensation action, or a civil action against a corporation who is manufacturing the product.  The recovery of damages will address losses to victims who have become ill, and families who may have experienced harm from secondary exposure to a toxic substance through a family member’s occupational hazards.  Mediation and arbitration can allow victims and businesses to achieve a successful damage award for harmful losses, depending on the particulars of a case, including severity of loss, and an employer’s knowledge of the dangerous toxin exposure.

Seek legal counsel.

Experienced attorneys at Stag Liuzza understand how important it is to seek comprehensive financial awards of damages due to toxic exposure as a person may have the burden of  long term illness that leads to permanent disability, or death.


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  1. Are Louisiana ports feeling the impact of sanctions against Russia? (ksla.com)
  2. https://www.osha.gov/
  3. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=814789
  4. http://www.laworks.net/WorkersComp/OWC_MainMenu.asp
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