Operating in Indonesia, Mexico, the North Sea, the South China Sea, and the United States, the Atlantic Richfield Company (or ARCO) has more than 1,300 gas station in the United States. While the company’s origin trace back to the late 1800’s, the company was created by the merger of Atlantic Refining and Richfield Oil Corporation in 1966. In 2013, Tesoro purchased ARCO. Today, the company is headquartered in La Palma, California but has a strong presence in the state of Texas.

Accidents at the Atlantic Richfield Company

There have been several very serious accidents involving Atlantic Richfield Company. One accident involved a large explosion that created a fire so large that the blaze spread to another oil rig. Additionally, several men died and ten men were reported injured due to the accident. These injuries included many second and third degree burns which resulted in two workers being placed in critical condition. The flames from were so large that helicopters were unable to rescue any survivors from the explosion who might have become trapped. Other accidents at ARCO rigs have included flash fires.

How Asbestos Can Harm Oil Rig Workers

In addition to fires and other types of hazards, offshore oil workers are at significant danger of being harmed by exposure to asbestos. In many cases, worker are exposed to asbestos without being aware that they will later be diagnosed with a deadly medical condition due to this interaction. Workers who are harmed by asbestos exposure frequently face very large medical bills.

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    ERSI Oil Rig Fall Sabine Pass, Port Arthur Authorities: A man fell about 100 feet from the top deck of an off-shore oil rig

Speak with an Oil Rig Accident Attorney

Accidents that occur on oil rigs have the potential to seriously injure and even kill workers. When oil rig accidents occur, it can be helpful to obtain the assistance of an attorney who is familiar with handling these types of cases.