Founded in 1989 by William K. Gayden and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Merit Energy is one of the largest oil and gas exploration and production companies in the United States. Statistics reveal that the company does over $2 billion each year in revenue. Merit Energy operates in 12 states throughout the country with operations within the country divided into the north and south.
Accidents Involving Merit Energy Workers
Some of the documented accidents involving Merit Energy workers include:
- In 2003, while attempting to start a diesel compressor, the operator smelled an electrical fire which originated at the site of a diesel air compressor. Fortunately, the worker responded quickly and extinguished but if he had not done so there was a significant risk that the fire would have done great damage and caused injuries. Electrical fires are commonly caused by improperly trained workers as well as equipment that fails to operate properly.
- Another fire happened in 2005 when a rental air compressor caught fire as the result of a leaking oil line which was later determined to have failed due to heat created by the compressor. Workers were able to extinguish the accident without injuries occurring. Chemical leaks aboard oil rigs are also known to cause explosions, which can result in the death of workers.
In May of 2011, a contract rigger (CR) received first degree burns on his face, arms, and wrist due to a fire igniting when a plumber’s plug released from a 2-inch line, causing condensate to ignite during welding operations.
The Threat That Asbestos Poses for Offshore Oil Rig Workers
A large number of companies used asbestos for a variety of purposes including insulation until it was determined that prolonged and frequent exposure to asbestos has the potential to cause serious illnesses. While regulations have attempted to restrict the use of asbestos, workers can still be harmed by asbestos that remains in older buildings provided that the older asbestos is disturbed.
How a Texas Accident Attorney Can Help
If you were harmed in an oil rig accident, it is imperative to speak with an attorney who can help make sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner.