Incorporated in 1988 and headquartered in Houston, Burlington Resources Offshore is the nation’s largest independent natural gas exploration company. In 1994, the company bought a large ownership interest in Diamond Shamrock Offshore Partners LP, which is an offshore oil operation located in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil Rig Accidents at Burlington Offshore
As a large company, there have been several cases of potentially catastrophic accidents occurring at Burlington’s offshore rig. Some examples of these situations include the following:
- A supply boat was trying to untie from the oil rig in adverse weather conditions when the vessel was struck by a large wave that threw two of the workers aboard the board to the deck. One of the workers experience was killed due to severe facial lacerations while the other worker’s right leg and right arm were fractured.
- Sparks from a cutting torch combined with fluid on the deck and created a fire. The fire was eventually extinguished with dry chemicals. While no one was injured, if workers hadn’t quickly the fire could have been very severe.
- Oil from a tank splashes onto pump exhaust piping, which resulted in a fire that was immediately extinguished by workers.
Burlington Offshore and the Danger of Asbestos
For many years, asbestos played an important role in the operation of many oil rig companies located in Texas. Medical research, however, has since established that frequent and prolonged exposure to asbestos is capable of causing several deadly illnesses including asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Speak to A Texas Oil Rig Attorney Today
Oil rig accidents have the potential to seriously injure and even kill workers. If you are a worker who is involved in an oil rig accident and another party is responsible, an oil rig accident attorney can help fight for the compensation that you deserve. Speak to one of our lawyers today for assistance in taking the steps to obtain the compensation that you deserve.