Opening in 1980, American Exploration Company began with a 100 acre oil drilling property and two drilling rigs in the Texas area. Throughout the 1980’s, the company completed a large number of acquisitions and mergers. In 2000, Baker Hughes Incorporated formed a joint entity called Western Geco. In 2007, Baker Hughes pled guilty to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. At the end of October 2016, General Electric announced that it planned to combine GE Oil and Gas with Baker Hughes Incorporated.
Accidents and American Exploration Company
Some of the accidents that have been reported concerning American Exploration Company include the following:
- A water vessel collided into an American Exploration Company oil rig.
- Heavy machinery trapped a worker between two surfaces.
- A leak in machinery resulted in a flash fire that burned a worker causing second degree burns.
- Scaffoldings collapsed result in a worker falling and experienced a back injury.
- A worker who was struck with a screwdriver and experienced a foot injury.
The Danger of Asbestos
For many years, asbestos was used by a large number of companies including those businesses that were engaged in the oil and gas exploration and production industries. It has been established by leading medical experts, however, that asbestos causes several very deadly forms of cancer including mesothelioma.
Offshore oil workers are at particular risk of being harmed by asbestos because a person can be exposed to the material and only notice the effects years later. By this time, a person is often a deadly illness as well as very large medical bills.
Speak with an Oil Rig Accident Lawyer
Oil rig accidents can result in very serious injuries and even fatalities. If you are a worker who has been involved in an oil rig accident, consult with an attorney today.