In the 1960’s, Pennzoil began with the merger of Zapata Petroleum and South Penn Oil Company. In 1963, the company began trading shares on the stock market. In 1965, the company took over United Gas Corporation. In 1970, Pennzoil Offshore Gas Operations which focused on exploration began to publicly offer shares of its stock. In 1972, Pennzoil, Louisiana and Texas Offshore Incorporated were established. A subsidiary of the company, Pennzoil Exploration and Production Company focuses in development and production of oil and natural gas.
Accidents and Pennzoil Workers
Accidents at oil rigs owned and operated by Pennzoil Exploration and Production Company have occurred in the following ways:
- In 1996, a diver was conducting gauge readings when he reported that there was low air pressure via telecommunications to the surface. A leak was later determined to exist where the hose connected to the worker’s helmet. The worker died as a result of this accident. Failure to properly maintain equipment is one of the most common reason why workers are injured or killed.
- In 1997, towels that were used to clean up cooking oil on an oil rig were washed and dried at such a high temperature that the towels held in the heat and mixed with the combustible nature of cooking oil caused the towels to catch fire. This fire created a serious risk that workers would be injured or killed. Each year, the large number of fires and explosions occur on oil rigs due to the largest number of combustible materials that are used.
- A rental generator on a Pennzoil rick got fire, but was fortunately extinguished before the damage became significant. A large number of accidents occur on oil rigs due to failure by workers to properly maintain equipment.
- In 1999, welding slag from work on a Pennzoil oil rig created a small fire while workers were placing fitting on a small gas supply line. While the fire began in the morning, the fire was not extinguished until night time. A large number of fires and explosions occur on oil rigs each year because workers do not use equipment that is suitable for the job.
Why Oil Rig Workers Should Fear Asbestos
Companies for many years used asbestos without being aware that the material presented a significant risk, to the lives of workers because severe or prolonged exposure to the material can result in deadly conditions like asbestosis and mesothelioma. Laws have since been created to eliminate the use of asbestos, but many workers who have been in the industry for several decades are still at substantial risk of being exposed to the material.
Obtain the Assistance of an Oil Rig Attorney
When oil rig and offshore accidents occur, workers can quickly find themselves facing many challenges including large medical bills and lost wages as well as many other complications. To obtain strong legal representation that can help you navigate this difficult situation, it is often a wise idea to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Do not hesitate to call our law office today.