In 2000, Forcenergy was acquired by Forest Oil Corporation. The company is focused on natural gas and oil exploration with particular emphasis on operations in Cook Inlet, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
Daily On the Job Dangers for Offshore Oil Rig Workers
There have been accidents reported at offshore oil rigs that are operated by Forcenergy. These accidents include:
- A man being struck by a falling piece of angle iron while tightening bolts near a platform leg. He received a fractured skull and was subsequently knocked into the Gulf of Mexico. Another worker attempting to help experienced a fractured right hand and lacerations on his body. The man with the fractured skull was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
- A worker was struck by a hose after a down hole pressure surge.
Asbestos and Offshore Oil Rig Workers
Because asbestos was used for many years by a large number of companies, a large number of offshore oil workers were exposed to asbestos without being aware of it. In many cases, there is no indication that a worker was exposed to asbestos until many years later.
Additionally, current regulations prohibit the use of asbestos in current structures, but there is still a risk that offshore oil rig workers might be exposed to asbestos that remains in older buildings. In many cases, this asbestos is not dangerous unless is it is disrupted or moved in some way.
Speak with an Offshore Oil Rig Attorney
There are several common ways in which oil rig accidents are known to happen. These accidents have the potential to significantly disrupt a person’s life and in many cases can take several years to develop. When offshore oil rig accidents occur, it is often a very wise idea to immediately contact an attorney.