What Laws Apply to the Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Rig Workers?

Oil and gas rig workers, like other maritime employees have the right to fair working conditions where appropriate safety measures are taken despite the dangerous nature of the job. Offshore oil and gas rig workers are protected by several different laws including the Jones Act, the Longshore & Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Land’s Act. The applicability of any of these laws depends on where the accident occurred, the job duties of the injured employee and, the circumstances of the accident. 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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