1 killed, 3 injured in offshore platform maintenance accident

1 killed, 3 injured in offshore platform maintenance accident

One person was killed and three others were injured Thursday following a maintenance accident on an offshore natural gas platform.

The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. at West Delta 105 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Officials say that it occurred on the "E" platform.

The operator, Fieldwood Energy, said the Echo Platform was not in production at the time of the explosion. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said facility damage was limited to the accident area and there was no pollution reported.

Officials with Fieldwood Energy LLC say that employees from Turnkey Cleaning Services were cleaning a heater treater when the incident occurred. The heater treater is a piece of equipment that separates oil from water and other liquids.

During the cleaning process, one Turnkey employee was fatally injured. A second individual suffered visible injuries. He was immediately flown to West Jefferson Hospital for treatment.

Officials say that two other individuals on the platform complained about ringing in their ears. They were also transported to the hospital.

All three have been evaluated and released from the hospital.

Fieldwood officials say the incident was not related to a drilling operation but, instead, occurred during maintenance operations at the platform. There was no oil spill or pollution that resulted from this incident.

BSEE will investigate the incident, and said more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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