Marathon Oil Petroleum is one of the largest refineries in the United States based on crude oil refining capacity and operates seven plants that have a capacity to produce 1.8 million barrels of oil each day. Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, the company retains approximately 44,460 workers and has been ranked as the 55th largest company by the Fortune 500.
How Marathon Oil Workers Have Been Injured On The Job
There are numerous ways in which accidents have been reported involving Marathon Oil workers, which include the following examples:
- A drilling rig was pulling anchors to move off location when a worker who was disconnecting the hydraulic charging unit received a shock from the 440 volt electrical As a result of this electrocution, the worker died. A large number of accidents involving electricity on oil rig accidents occur because workers fail to obey safety precautions.
- An accident occurred during an operating of lifting and transferring a chain chaser off the top deck of the rig onto a motor vessel. The crane operator experienced trouble controlling the crane boom with the load attached. The operator managed to regain control with the manual boom brake. The crane started rocking from the effect of the downward force and boom angle. A worker was injured as he jumped from the crane while it began to fall. A number of falling accidents occur on oil rigs each year because scaffolding collapses or workers fail to take proper safety precautions while working at elevated heights.
- A small fire occurred on the Number 12 cylinder of the Number 2 field generator that lasted several minutes. The accident appears to have been caused when gas leaked from the gas jumper line to the cylinder.
- In 1996, during welding operations, a tarpaulin shielding welding slag caught fire.
- In 1997, a generator oil heat exchanger system was shut down for repairs but the generator remained running. The generator’s butterfly valves were locked out of services and close. Oil was then drained from the area that was under repair. A fire occurred as a result but was quickly extinguished due to trained workers.
- In 1999, a worker informed that an engine oil PSL alarm had initiated a compressor shut-in. The compressor unloaded pressure but the compressor engine failed to completely shut down. An explosion occurred in the machine’s crankcase.
- In 2000, an operator was attempting to light a heater when the operator pulled out the Versa Valve for the Burner Safety Low Line Heater at the control panel, opened the manual pilot gas block valve, and turned the Pilot Igniter Switch to the ON position. As the work was reaching to close the main fuel gas block valve, gas in the unit ignited forcing the flame arrestor at the top of the exhaust to dislodge from the unit into the Gulf of Mexico. This explosion caused substantial property damage. One of the most common reasons why explosions occur on oil rigs is that fuel leaks occur or that combustible liquids come into connection with fire.
- In 2013, a pipe handler fell to the rig floor resulting in damage to the pipe handler and fox hole cover. A drill crew was in the process of drilling when the fall occurred. While three of the workers came very close to being harmed, there were fortunately no injuries.
- In 2014, while constructing drilling operations, a well control accident occurred. Workers first recognized an influx after drilling three feet into a salt zone because the flow out of the well increased by 41 percent. Later, after drilling out of the 18th inch liner shoe, the drill crew became shut in the well. Fortunately, the workers ultimately did not report any injuries.
Why Oil Rig Workers Must Be Careful About Asbestos
Asbestos exposure has the potential to result in one of several deadly medical conditions including asbestos and mesothelioma which are both hard to treat and aggressively attack a person’s lungs. Laws have been created which prohibit the placement of asbestos in new oil rig buildings and structures, but many older structures still contain the material.
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