Headquartered in The Woodlands, Newfield Exploration Company is an independent energy company. The company’s operations include the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota, and Uinta Basin of Utah. Newfield also operates oil developments offshore China.
Newfield Workers And Oil Rig Accidents
Some of the situations in which accidents have been reported involving Newfield workers include:
- In 1997, a crane operator was using a port crane to move several pallets of chemicals into the mud room. There was a one foot space between the pallet and the handrail. A worker was tasked with inserting pallet hooks to the top pallet of the middle row. The worker fell while performing this task and descended 67 feet into the water. The worker died due to this accident and his body was eventually found. A large number of worker falls occur because workers fail to properly obey safety precautions including posted warning signs.
- In 2003, while moving pipe to the pipe rack a worker was pinned between the pipe rack and a sling load of pipe. The worker incurred a broken leg and was flown to a nearby medical facility. The accident occurred when the load swung improperly, which is an example of workers failing to take all property safety precautions when operating heavy machinery. A large number of accidents occur aboard oil rigs each year that result in workers either becoming trapped in machinery or caught between a piece of machinery and another hard surface.
The Danger That Asbestos Create on Oil Rigs
Since the 1930’s, certain companies in the oil industry used asbestos with the awareness that the material has the potential to cause one of several deadly types of cancer. Regulations have since been created to prohibit the use of asbestos in new buildings, but workers are often only aware that they have been exposed to asbestos years later when they are diagnosed with a medical condition.
Speak with a Top Texas Oil Rig Accident Lawyer
When oil rig accidents occur, it is not uncommon for workers to be left wondering how to proceed and the best way to obtain the compensation that they deserve. By contacting an attorney at our law office today, you can begin to take the necessary steps to make sure that your rights are protected.