Freeport McMoRan was founded in 1988 after the discovery of copper and gold deposits in Papua, Indonesia. After acquiring Phelps Dodge in 2007, Freeport McMoran became an industry leader. Some of the companies operated by Freeport McMoRan include the American Metal Company, Climax Molybdenum, Cyprus Minerals, Freeport Minerals, and Phelps Dodge.
Freeport McMoRan Accidents
There have been numerous reports of accidents occurring at Freeport McMoRan operated oil rigs, a few examples are as follows:
- One explosion and subsequent fire occurred as a result of both equipment failure and human error. There was a failure to follow hot oil heater start up procedures and the valve positioner on the actuator of a fuel gas system shut down valve was incorrectly reporting a fully closed position. No injuries were reported
- A worker was attempting to swap a pressure valve and needed to do so by cutting the bolts under low visibility. A grinder with a cutting wheel was used in a small space which led to a kick back of the grinder causing a 4 inch laceration to the hand of the worker.
- A worker was assisting in securing a flat pin into the well conductor casting as it was being held by a derrick barrage crane. A unforeseen wave caused a shift in the tension of the crane and the pin slid out of place striking the worker’s ankle causing a fracture.
- A crew was attempting to replace a leaking flange gasket and after a corroded lower nipple broke, a worker tried to press sight glass, back to the blowdown separator, causing the top nipple to break, driving his index finger into a code plate bracket and resulting in a severe laceration.
Asbestos and Oil Rig Workers
Oil rig workers still at risk of being exposed to asbestos. Used for many years for a variety of purposes including as insulation, asbestos was determined after its widespread usage to be very hazardous.
Prolonged exposure to asbestos has the potential to result in terminal medical conditions like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
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Oil rig accidents are known to result in many serious injuries for workers. When these accidents occur, it is often in a person’s best interest to immediately contact an experienced accident attorney. Our legal counsel has helped many individuals who have been harmed by oil rig accidents and knows what it takes to make sure that your case resolves in a positive manner.