Founded in 1882 and headquartered in Irving, Texas, ExxonMobil Oil Corporation is a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. Changing its name from the Socony Mobil Oil Company in 1966, the subsidiary is focused on refining and transporting oil and gas products.
The Dangers Faced by Exxon Oil Rig Workers
As a large company with a long history, there have been numerous accidents that have been reported involving Exxon’s offshore oil rigs. Some of these accidents include:
- A hose falling and striking a worker standing underneath, when the rope holding the hose broke loose.
- A worker who was attempting to untangle elevators from the top drive service loop when the shackle from the worker’s riding board became stuck causing the worker to experience injuries to his abdomen, head, neck, and ribs.
- A worker who was crushed between machinery.
- A worker who was in a water vessel that jerked in the water causing the worker to slip and experience a fractured left knee bone and right ankle bone.
- In 1998, a rig was in the process of tripping pipe when an accident occurred. An automatic pipe spinner would not spin properly because chain in the pipe spinner was hung up. In an effort to correct the problem, a worker was harmed when the pipe spinner chain caught his glove and pulled his left hand into the pipe spinner.
- In 1999, a worker was loading equipment when the boat made a surge downward, lifting a drill spool from the deck. The worker slipped on the deck and was caught between the drill pipe and drill pipe. After being taken to a nearby hospital, the area below the worker’s left knees as well as his right ankle were fractured.
- In 2000, during drilling operations, a riser cart /carriage moved forward which trapped a worker between the riser cart/carriage assembly and a roughneck on a drill floor which resulted in the worker’s death.
- In 2002, a worker was struck by a tightening wire rope while the worker was trying to move a material barge to a crane barge. The worker was thrown into a glycol tank and later taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
- In 2004, a worker was injured while making a trip into a hole to drill out cement. After a stand of drill pipe was stabbed in the hole, the worker used the hawk jaw on the drill pipe and tightened the connection to pre-torque limits. The Hawk Jaw jarred loose from the top stand and crushed the worker’s hand between the left control box and the drill pipe.
Reasons Why ExxonMobil Workers Must Be Aware of Asbestos
Used by a large number of companies prior to federal and state regulations, asbestos has the potential to result in very deadly medical conditions. Furthermore, many offshore workers are not aware that they have been exposed to these conditions because the symptoms are rarely visible until years later.
Obtain the Services of a Texas Oil Worker Lawyer
Accidents that occur at oil rigs can seriously harm and even kill workers. If you or a loved one is harmed in a Texas oil rig accident, it is a wise idea to immediately contact a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal counsel understands just how devastating these accidents can be and will remain committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.