Century Exploration New Orleans was an affiliate of RAAM Global Energy Company, which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in 2015.
The Dangers Faced by Century Offshore Workers
There have been numerous accidents that have occurred at Century Offshore over the years, including the following examples:
- A single engine helicopter exploded when it collided with the rig’s platform. The pilot and two passengers were seriously injured while another passenger was killed. Improper approach and pilot error are cited as the cause of the accident.
- A small fire erupted in the meter shack due to electrical wiring which resulted in two employees seeking medical treatment for minor eye irritation.
Century Offshore Workers and the Use of Asbestos
Asbestos was used in large amounts for many years on offshore oil rigs. For many workers in the field, it is very likely that they were exposed to asbestos at some point. Prolonged or frequent exposure to asbestos has been determined to cause many serious conditions including asbestosis and mesothelioma.
While a large number of offshore oil structures do not contain asbestos any longer, there is still a risk that workers who are exposed to more recent structures can be harmed by the material. It is also important to note that in some cases, workers might have been exposed to asbestos many years ago but symptoms have only become noticeable in recent years.
Speak to a Texas Accident Attorney
There are many hazards at offshore oil rigs that can harm workers. Some of these hazards can occur immediately, while other types of harm takes some time to become visible. If you are a worker who was harmed at an offshore oil rig, contact our law firm today for strong legal representation.