Crush Injury at Work Compensation for Rig Worker

June 12th, 2012 | By News

A rig worker who sustained permanent debilitating injuries when he was crushed between a drill pipe and the derrick leg of the gas rig he was working on, has been awarded 4.1 million dollars in compensation for crush injury at work by a federal jury in Colorado.

Von Phathong (42) was working with by Houston-based Tesco Corp (US) as a “roughneck” (labourer) on a drilling rig at Rifle, Colorado, when the accident happened in December 2005. As he was helping with the change of heavyweight drilling pipe, the unsecured lower drill pipe swung into Von and crushed him up against the rig´s derrick leg.

Von suffered many spinal breakages and herniated cervical discs and will never be able to work again because of the pain he experiences whenever he moves. After being sent home from hospital, Von sought legal advice about claiming compensation for a crush injury at work and, as Tesco Corp (US) denied their liability for Von´s injuries, the case was heard before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

In court, Von´s solicitors showed proof that the “crossover sub” which was being used to connect the two drilling pipes had the wrong thread and the supervisor on the rig had tried to use a powerful top-drive to force the thread of the crossover sub and the drill pipe together. It was also revealed that the drill pipe which caused Von´s injuries should have been secured before the operation was begun.

Further evidence at trial showed that Tesco Corp´s health and safety was the worst ever seen by a drilling expert brought in to back up Von´s claim for crush injury at work compensation and that the site worked on a culture of “intimidation and fear”. The jury at the United States District Court for the District of Colorado found Tesco Corp (US) 90 percent liable for Von´s injuries and awarded him 4.1 million dollars in accident compensation for a crush injury at work

Categories: Construction Accidents, Construction Injuries from Falls, Construction Worker Injury Claims


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