Investigation into Oil Platform Worker Death

LAKE CHARLES, LA – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is conducting an investigation into the fatality of a third-party construction worker in an area of the Gulf of Mexico known as West Cameron 215A, about 64 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The offshore oil and gas operator, Energy Resource Technology GOM, LLC, a subsidiary of Talos Production LLC, reported that the fatality occurred at approximately 10:30 am on Feb. 17, 2018. The deceased worker was involved in removing firewater piping at the time of the incident. No other person was harmed. There was no pollution as a result of the incident.

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

According to an AP report, Energy Resource Technology was fined $4 million and placed on three years of probation in 2016 for violating federal laws governing safety and the environment, pleading guilty in January 2016 to violations of the Clean Water Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

Violations included failing to comply with regulations for welding and related activities, violating regulations for proper testing of a blowout preventer and tampering with water discharge samples.

A Talos spokesman said at the time that it had made key organizational changes since acquiring Energy Resource Technology to ensure regulatory compliance.