A subsidiary of TETRA Technologies Incorporated and headquartered in the Woodlands, Maritech Resources performs acquisitions, development projects, and production of oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. Maritech is just one of the subsidiaries of TETRA’s offshore division with the other division responsible for providing downhole and subsea services including well plugging services, decommission and certain construction tasks including heavy lift barges, and conventional and saturation diving services.
How Maritech Workers Can Be Harmed On The Job
Workers at Maritech include accountants, engineers, geologists, geophysicists, landmen, marketing staff, operations, and support personnel. Some of the ways in which accidents have occurred on oil rigs operated by Maritech Resources include the following:
- In 2008, a small fire occurred on the glycol reboiler unit when internal heat from the fire tube burned the paint on the outside of the reboiler and ignited the insulation covering the unit. The flames were quickly extinguished, but there was a significant risk if the fire had not been quickly extinguished that someone would have been killed or seriously injured. Each year, numerous accidents occur on oil rigs. The large amount of combustible material as well as the heavy equipment used on oil rigs greatly increase the risk of fires and explosions occurring on oil rigs.
- In 2010, a worker was manually refueling a diesel generator while it was running. The refueling was left unattended. A fire was detected in the first generator. The worker use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire in the first generator. The cause of the accident was later determined to have occurred because the operator failed to ground the fuel nozzle and hose to the generator package. Each year, failure by workers to follow safety protocols cause a large number of accidents on oil rigs.
- In 2011, a bridge that connected two independent structures became dislodged while efforts were being made to remove the structure. Eight workers who were standing on the bridge at the time fell into the Gulf waters. Each year, a large number of accidents occur involving heavy equipment like cranes used to remove these bridges.
- A worker on a Maritech oil rig was injured by a falling objects. Many objects involving objects that fall from elevated heights occur because workers fail to obey proper safety precautions.
Why Oil Rig Workers Should Worry About Asbestos
Prolonged and frequent exposure has been established to cause many very serious illnesses including asbestosis and mesothelioma, which both aggressively attack a person’s lungs. In many cases, workers only become aware that they have been exposed to the deadly effects of asbestos years later when they are diagnosed with a deadly condition.
Obtain the Assistance of an Oil Rig Attorney
If you are a worker who is harmed while working at an oil rig, you likely are facing several obstacles as a result including large medical bills and lost wages. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney at our office who can help obtain the compensation that you deserve.