Grand Isle ground zero for injured platform workers

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Posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 7:01 PM

Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
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The usually quiet off-season on Grand Isle got a major wake-up call this morning as first responders reacted to word that most of the workers injured on the oil platform would be coming to the island.

"When I got there, we had a helicopter land with three people on it that were injured,” said Chief Aubrey Chaisson of the Grand Isle Fire Department.

Chaisson says ambulances from Grand Isle and Lafourche Parish converged on the island along with police from Grand Isle and nearby Port Fourchon.

Some of the injured ended up at Our Lady of the Sea Hospital in Cut Off. Chief Chaisson described those individuals as being upset when they arrived on grand isle.

"Very shook up. I was a little concerned with them," said Chaisson.

The most seriously injured were airlifted from the platform to West Jefferson Hospital.

"We have a total of four patients. First came in at 9:55 a.m., the fourth at 10:10 a.m. All four were critical, were helicoptered in," said Taslin Alfonzo, a spokesperson for West Jefferson Hospital.

More than a dozen of the workers on the platform worked for the company, Grand Isle Shipyard, which is based in Galliano, La. with a facility located on Grand Isle.

The island itself is no stranger to the dangers of working in the oil industry in the gulf. The 2010 BP oil spill hit the island hard and it is still very fresh on people's minds here.

"There's always that sense. I feel like everyone's a little on the edge and it's like, things are going to happen in the world," said Chaisson.
 

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