The BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary) Company was formed in 1885. The company has a presence in both Australia and the United States and is dedicated to producing natural gas and oil. The company currently operates two fields in the Gulf of Mexico.
Accidents and BHP Billiton
In its hundred years of operation, there have been injuries and accidents reported involving BHP workers. These accident reports include:
- A worker was in the process of lubricating a drilling rig and was hoisted in a boatswains chair to achieve this job. In addition to the worker and the hoister, a third party was required to communicate information between them. The hoister, however, lost the ability to see and hear the person who was in the air which resulted in the worker experiencing a fractured vertebrae in addition to bruising.
- A fire was caused by the buildup of chemical on wires that were located in a cable tray.
- A fire resulted because a breaker was left open during routine maintenance of the oil rig. Three workers were later treated for smoke inhalation.
The Use of Asbestos in the Oil Rig Industry
Most often used as an insulation, many oil rig companies used asbestos for a variety of purposes over the years. Unfortunately, asbestos has the potential to cause some very serious medical conditions that are often fatal.
Speak to a Texas Oil Rig Accident Attorney
Accidents involving oil rigs have the potential to substantially disrupt the lives of workers. In some cases, even fatalities can occur. When oil rig accidents occur and another party is responsible, it is often necessary to obtain the assistance of an attorney who can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.