Shallow-water rig workers excluded from BP compensation

Posted on October 4th, 2010 No Comments

As BP pays for claims filed against them from people who have suffered from loss of income, there is one industry that is being left out, the shallow-water rig workers.

A 59-year-old discusses his frustration because he is a shallow water rig worker who is employed by Seahawk Drilling, Inc. but has not worked since July as the rig he works on has been sitting idle. Nearly 300 Seahawk, 30 percent of its workforce, has been laid off. Many employers of shallow- water rig workers are keeping the staff on as long as they can, but they are burning through funds quickly.

The $20 billion restitution fund that was set up by BP does not cover this shallow rig workers because they must apply to the the Rig Worker Assistance Fund that BP put $100 million for rig workers, but the fund is limited to workers on the 33 deep water rigs when the six-month moratorium against deep water drilling began. So they shallow-water rig workers are being left out even though they are experiencing financial hardship.

If you or a loved one has suffered from the oil spill and are now having trouble making a living, contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill loss of profits lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544 today.

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