Founded in 1985 as a Gulf Coast oil and gas company, Petroquest grew its reserves located onshore in Louisiana and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2003, Petroquest implemented an asset diversification strategy to balance its Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico operations.
Accidents and PetroQuest Workers
Two reported accidents that occurred at PetroQuest oil rigs include the following:
- In 2004, a PetroQuest worker was standing on a wellhead securing the lubricator to the top of the tree using a 24” wrench. The worker applied forced to the wrench, which caused the wrench to slip and the worker lost his balance falling 12 feet onto a deck below requiring the worker to be sent to a nearby medical facility. Falling accidents at oil rigs are very common and can occur because workers fail to follow proper safety precautions, scaffolding is improperly constructed, or improper ladders are chosen for the situation.
- In 2005, a worker was attempting to loosen a section of skirting from a heliport while the skirting was being raised by a crane and nylon sling. The skirting popped free which caused the worker to lose his balance and fall 15 feet to the wellhead located below as well as another 10 feet to the main deck. The worker was taken to the hospital by helicopter. Vehicular accidents involving boats and helicopters are a common occurrence at oil rigs and are frequently due to inexperience vehicle operators or adverse weather conditions that it make it difficult to determine where a vehicle is headed.
How Asbestos Can Harm Oil Rig Workers
Since the 1930’s, a large number of companies engaged in the oil exploration and production industries relied on asbestos for many different reasons including as insulation. Laws, however, have since been created to prevent dangerous exposure to asbestos in many cases, but there is still a risk that older buildings contain asbestos.
Obtain The Services of an Experienced Texas Oil Rig Attorney
Each year, oil rig accidents seriously injure and even kill workers, which can forever changes the lives of those workers who are involved. Many people who are harmed in these accidents end up facing large medical bills and lost wages. If you need the assistance of a seasoned attorney, contact our law office today to obtain legal counsel that understands what it takes to help you obtain the compensation that you need in this difficult time.