Category Archives: Oil Rig Accidents

Our Lafayette oil rig accident attorneys help oil rig workers fight back against negligent employers responsible for their injuries.

What Steps Do I Need to Take to Become an Oil Rig Employee?

Our global demand for oil is growing, and the oil/gas industry is under pressure to explain their operations around the country. Louisiana is a state hub for oil rigs, so if you are looking for a new career path that will reward you, the oil rig industry might work for you. However, it’s not easy to become an oil rig employee, and there are a few essential steps you’ll need to take before you call yourself an oil rig worker in Louisiana. What Do I Need to Do to Work on an Oil Rig? Receive the necessary training and certifications: This is probably the most important step in becoming an oil rig worker, because without the proper training and documentation you won’t be able to get the job you want. These necessities include: Meeting basic requirements- age, education, drug test, etc. Make sure you meet any relevant work visa requirements…
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Why is Exxon Mobil Denying Employer Negligence in This Recent Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In a recent wrongful death case, several representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. are denying that the company committed any negligence after an employee died while checking an oil storage tank in eastern Montana. Exxon Mobil is an American multinational gas and oil corporation based in Irving, Texas. In early February 2018, the company filed its official response to a recent lawsuit from the estate of Trent Vigus of Glendive, Montana. The 30-year old employee died in July 2010 while working for an Exxon contractor, Nabors, Industries. An attorney for Vigus’s estate claimed that Vigus’ wife had been suspecting employer negligence when she read that another worker had died while also working on an oil storage tank. The attorney, Fred Bremseth, said that the case is strikingly similar to others where employees would die from being in contact with dangerous fumes from these storage tanks. A spokeswoman from Exxon says an…
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Why Did This Louisiana-Based Vessel and Oil Rig Company Recently File for Bankruptcy?

An American marine transportation company filed for bankruptcy earlier in March. The Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC has more than 50 ships in its marine fleet and supplies offshore oil rigs among other oil services. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Houston, Texas, and they reported that they had more than $1 billion in debt. What Happened? In the company’s court papers, it was stated the amount of debt that they were handling, as well as an agreement with lenders to help reduce what they owed. Lenders would then have the equity in the company when it finishes bankruptcy. Other creditors of the company, such as their suppliers, will be fully paid. Many offshore drilling and oil companies have filed for bankruptcy in recent years because of huge drops in oil prices that cut the demand for rigs. Harvey Gulf operates vessels under the Jones Act, which…
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