Diamond Offshore was created in 1953 as a drilling contractor with the founding of Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company in New Orleans. Until 1995, Diamond Offshore was a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation at which point the Loews Corporation sold 30 percent of the company in a public offering. Today the company is a recognized leader in offshore drilling with an estimated fleet of 19 offshore drilling rigs including 14 semisubmersibles, 4 drillships, and 1 jack-up.
Diamond Oil Rig Accidents
There have been several accidents reported involving Diamond Offshore which include:
- A worker who sprained their back after working from a workbasket chipping paint with the injuries so severe that the worker was left unable to work.
- Grease that was left on a pipe caused a worker to slip and become injured.
- Spark from grinding that landed on store flammable items including towels that were located inside a hot wok zone caused a fire.
- Welding was being performed on the floor above a dryer that contained ammonium dichromate. While the dryer was working, an explosion occurred that cause workers being struck by flying objects. Several workers were killed while several other workers were hospitalized due to injuries.
- Workers who tripped and became injured due to an obstacle in the way.
- In 1996, workers were loading a compressor when a liquid slug was introduced into cylinders which caused a hydraulic overload that led to an explosion which killed a worker.
- In 1998, workers while cleaning caused a chemical reaction that produced hydrogen cyanide. Five workers who entered the area died.
- In 2001, two workers were servicing clamp box. A vapor that contained several deadly gases and residual acid was released from a line which caused a fire. The fire created very serious damage including to an overhead pipe rack and a run of wiring. Three workers were hospitalized due to the fire.
- In 2005, four workers were repairing and replacing leaky valves. One of the valves still had a leak because its valve did not seal correctly. Workers tried to use a grinder to remove a burr, but a flash fire occurred that injured several workers.
- In 2007, propane was released from the propane deasphalting unit at a facility that resulted in a fire and an evacuation. Three workers were seriously injured due the fire with two of the men receiving very serious burns.
Why Asbestos Use Can Harm Workers
Diamond Offshore’s predecessor has been involved in legal disputes regarding asbestos. Workers at oil rigs in Texas and Louisiana are at risk of being exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is a substance that was used by companies in a variety of industries in the area for several decades. After its widespread usage, it was discovered that frequent and prolonged exposure to asbestos has the potential to cause deadly medical conditions like mesothelioma.
Speak with an Oil Rig Lawyer Today
Oil rig accidents in Texas can occur in one of several ways and have the potential to seriously injure or kill workers. If you are an oil rig worker who has been harmed in an accident and another party is responsible, you might be able to obtain compensation. Speak to one of our attorneys today to discuss how our law firm can help.