Gulf of Mexico Oil Rig Worker Dies in Accident


WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A crew member on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig contracted by Chevron Corp was killed in an accident, the company said on Tuesday.

"The cause of the incident is being investigated," Chevron said in a statement. It said the death occurred while the rig, called the Pacific Santa Ana, was operating in waters off Louisiana.

Chevron contracted the rig from Pacific Drilling, a company that also supplied the crew.

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said work on the rig was shut down and that the agency and the Coast Guard had begun an investigation.

"There were no other injuries reported and personnel remain on the drill ship," BSEE said. There was no reported pollution.

Pacific Drilling did not immediately return questions about the incident.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Chris Reese and Christian Plumb)


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Gordon Dawson  |  October 23, 2015
Having myself been nearly killed on a few occasions working on Offshore Drilling Rig Operations, and having also thankfully stopped many accidents from happening to others, and having never even received a thank you; in fact these incidents including putting out a fire on the Beryl Alpha North Sea were hidden and never mentioned, so all the best to the close Family.
Steve Hixon  |  October 23, 2015
We appreciate the kind words. our family is dealing with this best we can. The company has still not provided us any info on Sams death. Its very upsetting to say the least. If you folks hear of anything our family would appreciate it.
Neal Simons  |  October 23, 2015
Chevron is of the safest companies out there, I know this for a fact I was a safety man on one of our other drill ships and know that we always put safety first. We would shut down our operation at a cost of a million a day of it meant the safety of our workers. I know some of the men that work on the Santa Anna and know they would never compromise anyones safety for a operation. Clearly we have to wait for all the facts before jumping to any conclusions right now we should be focused on this mans family and praying for them they have lost a loved one and that can never be replaced.
Raj Sangaran  |  October 21, 2015
I feel very say and sorry to hear, my condolences to the family member and friends around him. We dont like to hear incident like this but we dont have choice. Everybody is trying their level best to avoid this type of problem.
W.J.  |  October 21, 2015
I believe it is premature to jump to conclusions before the investigation is completed. The important thing, right now, is that we keep the family of this young father in our prayers. Whatever the outcome of the investigation, this family must live with this tragedy forever. I will stand by my belief, however, that ALL accidents are preventable at some level, and a and wide dissemination of the details could very well save another persons life.
Scott S  |  October 21, 2015
Safety is being compromised now left and right offshore, prison work release construction crews, lack of sanitation in quaters buildings/galleys, lack of respect for professional experienced leadership personnel and their directives to workers offshore, the lack of front office management support/backing for Lead personnel, cheap work force you name it. My last case was during a sub-sea well riser pull in and the subsequent umbilical riser pull in, the company decided to do the work during the night on the weekend without even shutting in the existing production? That was the last straw on that project for me besides the aforementioned topics above. Pacific who?