Petrofina is the largest corporation in Belgium and the 15th largest publicly traded oil and gas operation in the world. Some of the areas in which Petrofina is involved include Italy, Canada, Libya, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Vietnam. In the United States, Petrofina operates in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, and Alaska. The company was founded in 1920 by Belgian financiers. In 1963, the company acquired Cosden Petroleum Corporation, which was a leading polystyrene manufacturer. By the end of the 1970’s, Petrofina’s business comprised 14 percent of the total capacity in the United States for styrene and polystyrene.
Accidents Faced by Workers at Petrofina
Some examples of accidents that have occurred at Petrofina Delaware oil rigs that have resulted in workers being harmed include the following:
- A worker was struck by a falling object that was dangerously placed on an elevated surface.
- A flash fire occurred because equipment was inadequately maintained which led to a short circuit.
The Threat Presented By Asbestos
Since the 1930’s, many companies used asbestos for numerous reasons even though they knew that exposure has the potential to result in one of several deadly medical conditions that attack a person’s lungs. Fortunately, there are laws that have been created to prohibit the placement of asbestos but there still is a risk that asbestos located in older buildings might be disrupted and end up affecting the lungs of workers.
Contact a Texas Oil Rig Accident Lawyer
Because there are a large number of pieces of machinery used on oil rigs, there are a number of ways in which accidents can occur which can leave workers facing very serious injuries. Many workers who have been harmed in oil rig accidents have discovered that it is important to contact us for strong legal representation to help obtain the compensation they deserve.