Incorporated in 1988 and headquartered in Houston, Burlington Resources Offshore was one of the nation’s largest independent natural gas exploration companies. In 2006, the company was acquired by ConocoPhillips which had been seeking offshore oil operations located in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil Rig Accidents at Burlington Offshore
As a large company, there have been several reports of potentially catastrophic accidents occurring at Burlington’s offshore rigs. 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 onboard to the deck. One of the workers 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 a deck and created a fire. The fire was eventually extinguished with dry chemicals. While no one was injured, if workers hadn’t quickly responded the fire could have been very severe.
- Oil from a tank splashed onto pump exhaust piping, which resulted in a fire that was immediately extinguished by workers.
The Dangers of Asbestos
For many years, asbestos played a 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.