Originating in 1921 when John Henry Kirby formed Kirby Petroleum Company as an independent oil and gas exploration and development company. In 1956, the company’s stocks were first publicly traded after a merger with Kirby VenSyn Petroleum Company. Today, Kirby operates the largest domestic tank barger operator and focuses on distributing bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System. There are roughly 4,000 employees employed by Kirby and its marine transportation and diesel engine service divisions.
In the nearly hundred years that Kirby has been in operation, there have been several accident reports indicating
- Sparks from welding, combined with combustible material, resulted in a fire. This is is just one of the many ways in which fires can occur on oil rigs with other potential causes including chemical leaks and machines that fail to operate properly.
- A worker was struck by falling equipment. Falls are one of the most common ways in which oil industry workers are harmed with construction platforms that are improperly assembled.
Asbestos Exposure and Oil Services Industry
Once used for a variety of purposes, asbestos has since been proven to result in many deadly illnesses including asbestosis and mesothelioma. Regulations now prohibit the placement of asbestos in newer buildings, but workers are still exposed to asbestos contained in older buildings and structures.
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If you are a worker who was harmed in an oil rig accident, it is not uncommon to end up facing large medical bills and serious injuries. Contact our law office today to discuss your options.