Founded in 1908 and headquartered in London, British Petroleum is the parent company of BP America Exploration & Oil Production. The subsidiary conducts business operations throughout the United States.
For several decades, BP America Exploration has been involved in oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico and for the last decade has been a large energy investor in the deepwater water section of the Gulf. In 2017, BP America reports that it produces 300,000 barrels of oil each day from the region.
Reported BP America Offshore Accidents
As a large company, there have been numerous accidents that have reported involving BP America.
- One accident involved unsafe conditions on a platform that was in need of repair and not adequately barricaded. As a result of the failure to properly protect workers against the hazard, one worker ended up falling through the hole and landing in the Gulf of Mexico. Each year, many fall accidents occur at offshore oil rigs.
- In 2005, several workers were removing a temporary winch from under a lower deck box. An extension lifting beam was bolted onto the monorail to help remove the winch. As the winch was being moved onto the lifting beam, the weight of the wench caused the beam to bend downward. The connection between the lifting beam and the monorail part which caused the beam to tilt and the winch to slide off the beam into the water. Two workers were injured during this event.
- A group of workers was removing a conduct bell guide using a derrick barge crane. The operator of the crane attempted to lift the bell guide and noticed that 15 tons on the weight indicator and as a result stopped the lift. TA worker stepped closer to the load and the weight indicator increased to 20 tons due presumably to wave induced loading.
- In 2001, a crane boom collided with the rig derrick’s wind wall surrounding the monkey board. A welded frame structure was separated and fell to the rig floor which hit a worker on hand injuring three of his fingers.
- In 2005, a worker suffered an injury while assisting in tightening a Hydrill after the rubber was replaced. During this task, a chain link stretched and broke due to tension striking the work causing both lacerations and a fracture to his arm.
- In 2005, a worker fractured his right hand while attempting to remove piping from a high pressure line heater causing the worker to receive medical treatment at an offshore location.
Reasons Why Oil Workers Are At Risk of Being Harmed by Asbestos
Even though regulations now exist greatly restricting the use of asbestos, many offshore oil rig workers are still at risk of being harmed by the material since older structures might still contain asbestos. Many of the diseases that result from frequent and prolonged exposure to asbestos are particularly serious and involve several aggressive forms of cancer such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
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