As a general proposition, the law of the adjacent state applies to accidents which occur on fixed offshore drilling and production platforms.
Sometimes. For example, maritime law will apply to a platform worker accident if the platform worker was engaged in a maritime-related activity at the time of his accident, such as working on the back deck of a boat unloading equipment or supplies.
Usually not. However, a lawsuit for damages can be filed against any other company or person – other than a platform worker’s employer – who may be responsible for his injuries or death.
Yes, he does. If the fixed platform is located within the territorial waters of a particular state, the injured or killed platform worker is entitled to be paid benefits by his employer under the state workers’ compensation statute where the platform is located. If, on the other hand, the fixed platform is located in federal waters – on the Outer Continental Shelf – the injured or killed platform worker is entitled to be paid benefits by his employer under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.