In the 1971, Nexen was formed as the Canadian Occidental Petroleum Limited or CanOxy, which was a Western Canadian oil and gas producer. In 2000, Nexen changed its name to CanOxy and began investing in the Buzzard offshore facility in the United Kingdom. Today, Nexen develops resources in areas including the United Kingdom, western Canada, the United States, and offshore West Africa.
Nexen Workers And Oil Rig Accidents
Several accidents have been reported involving Nexxen workers, which include the following situations:
- In 2003, a stainless steel line containing engine coolant parted and saturated the insulation blanket covering the exhaust manifold. After the blanket reached a high enough temperature, the blanket caught on fire. A 30 pound fire extinguisher was required to put out the fire. There are several reasons why accidents involving fires occur at oil rigs, which include the use of many types of combustible materials, chemical leaks, and failure by workers to properly maintain equipment.
- In 2004, a Nexxen workboat collided with a platform leg which caused substantial damage to the platform. Four workers were sent to the hospital and treated for first aid. After the accident, the vehicle’s captain reported a loss of steering as the boat approached the oil rig which left the vehicle unable to avoid the collision. Some of the reasons why vehicular accidents involving boats and helicopters at oil rigs occur include failure by vehicle operators to see properly as well as vehicle drivers that are improperly trained on how to use a boat or helicopter.
- In 2005, a smoldering fire with minor flames was detected and extinguished immediately the firewater system. The fire was caused by a painter’s tarp remaining in contact with the base plate of a muffler on a gas generator natural gas prime mover for a significant period of time. In some cases, fires can cause explosions which are even more deadly and frequently involve the death of workers.
- In 2007, a Nexxen worker was injured when he bent over to pick up a pair of gloves.
Understanding Why Asbestos on Oil Rigs Is Dangerous
Prolonged and frequent exposure to asbestos has the potential to result in one of several deadly medical conditions including asbestosis and mesothelioma which can significantly change the lives of workers. Even though there are regulations to prohibit workers from being unnecessarily exposed to workers, there is still a risk of exposure.
Discover How A Top Texas Oil Rig Attorney Can Help
If you are a Texas oil rig worker who was involved in an accident, and you are feeling uncertain and confused, consider speaking with legal counsel at our law office today to learn more about options available to you.