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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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Ways to Avoid a Deadly Explosion or Fire in an Oil Field

Workers in the oil industry face many deadly hazards on a daily basis, and they are constantly at risk for serious or fatal injuries. Oil rig employees regularly face the risk of explosions and fires due to an ignition of flammable gases and vapors that they are constantly surrounded by. If workers follow the right safety protocol, they can generally escape and survive an explosion or fire, but there are some main protective techniques that are especially helpful. What Are the Best Ways to Avoid an Explosion or Fire? Flammable gases, such as hydrogen sulfide, well gases, and well vapors can be released from wells, trucks, manufacturing and production equipment, or even surface equipment such as shale shakers and tanks. If any of these vapors are exposed to certain sources, they will ignite and cause a fire. Sources of ignition can be electric static, electrical energy sources, open flames, cigarettes,…
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