In 1909, Dominion Exploration began with the founding of the Virginia Railway and Power Company. While the branch was the one of the largest independent natural gas and oil operators for many years, the company has since decreased in size.
The company focused on providing power to North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia. In 2010, Dominion Exploration and Production was acquired by Consol Energy Incorporated.
On the Job Risks for Dominion Oil Rig Workers
Some of the ways in which Dominion Exploration and Production workers have been injured on the job include the following:
- A worker experienced a compound fracture of the ankle as well as other body injuries because while removing a deck plate, the work slipped and fell through beams and into the Gulf of Mexico. While falling, the worker struck a diagonal brace. At the time the accident occurred, the worker was not wearing safety equipment. This accident emphasizes that each year on oil rigs a large number of accidents occur because workers fail to wear adequate safety gear.
The Danger That Dominion Workers Face from Asbestos
For many years, asbestos was used as an insulation material by many companies including business involved in the natural gas and oil exploration industries. Medical experts now agree that prolonged exposure to asbestos causes many terminal conditions including mesothelioma.
As a result of the awareness of the threat posed by asbestos, many new regulations have been created to prohibit the use of the material. There is a still risk, however, that oil rig workers might come into contact with asbestos that has remained in oil rig structures and not been removed.
Obtain the Services of an Oil Rig Lawyer
Oil rig accidents can occur suddenly and leave many obstacles as a result. If you or a loved one requires the assistance of an oil rig attorney, do not hesitate to contact our law office. Our legal counsel understands just how devastating these accidents can be and from start to finish will remain committed to fighting for the best possible outcome.