Signal Oil & Gas Company was founded in 1922. In 1931, Signal and Standard Oil began a partnership. In the 1950’s, Signal was the largest independent oil company in the west coast of the United States. In 1964 ,Signal merged with the Garrett Corporation. In 1985, Signal merged with the Allied companies to form Allied-Signal. In 1993, the company dropped the hyphen and became AlliedSignal. In 1999, AlliedSignal acquired Honeywell and adopted the name of Honeywell for the company.
Offshore Accidents Involving Allied-Signal
Some of the ways in which Signal workers have been injured on the job include the following situations:
- A worker was sprayed with hot driveway sealer that covered a large amount of his body and resulted in his death. This accident was determined to have been caused by failure to follow adequate safety standards regarding how the dangerous chemicals were used.
- A worker’s hand became caught in a piece of machinery because the equipment lacked adequate safety guards. As a result, the worker ended up experiencing serious lacerations.
- Several helicopter accidents have been reported involving Allied-Signal’s helicopter engine components such as the fuel control unit, and the turbine governor which have led to accidents both offshore and aground.
- There have also been reports of environmental accidents linked to Allied-Signal such as the failure of a railroad tank car and subsequent release of anhydrous hydrogen fluoride necessitating evacuations
The Danger of Asbestos for Workers at Allied Signal Companies
Asbestos is a fibrous material that was once used for a variety of purposes but has since been largely discontinued because frequent or prolonged exposure to the material has the potential to result in several deadly medical conditions including asbestosis and mesothelioma. Allied Chemical, a predecessor to Allied-Signal, used asbestos in factories and refineries during its production processes. A subsidiary, North American Refectories Company (NARCO), was heavily involved in the use of asbestos and subsequently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy due to the large number of asbestos lawsuits filed against the company. The result was a 6.3 Billion Dollar trust fund called North American Refectories Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust. In addition to these companies, Allied-Signal also had another subsidiary, Bendix, which used asbestos in brake parts for the automotive and aerospace industry.
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