Nabors Industries Accident Attorneys
Our Legal Team Refuses to Let Oil Corporations Get Away with Negligence
Nabors Industries Ltd. is headquartered in Bermuda and has roots that go back to the 1960s. The company was originally named Angle Energy but changed its name in 1987 after a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Nabors enjoyed a long period of profitable quarters in the 1990s and was eventually added to the S&P 500 index.
Nabors is the owner and operator of the largest land-based drilling rig fleet in the world. It is also one of the largest providers of offshore platform workovers and drilling rigs. In the offshore market, Nabors advertises that its rigs can withstand the toughest weather conditions common in offshore deep-water drilling. In addition to providing rigs, Nabors offers construction, transportation, and assembly of its rigs. The company also supports offshore drilling operations with maintenance, repair, operation, and other technical aspects of deep water offshore drilling.
Nabors Industries & Safety Violations
The company claims that their procedures protect their employees, the environment, and their assets. They also write of the importance of accountability, and they state that Nabors learns from its actions and strives for improvement. However, the company has some notable accidents in its history that contradict their verbal commitment to safety.
In this 2016 article, the Denver Post covered Nabors' various issues in the past with workplace safety and Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigations. Over a period of 15 years, OSHA was forced to seek eight warrants after being denied entry to Nabors worksites.
Nabors safety incidents include:
- Since the year 2000, Nabors has been fined 45 times by government agencies for a total of $712,252.
- In a 2013 report, Reuters published an article identifying that Nabors had the highest employee death rate in the industry. The company had reported at least 20 deaths in the decade before the article was written.
- October of 2014 - An employee died in an explosion, and the following year Nabors was sanctioned by OSHA. Investigations found that the explosion could have been prevented had the company cleaned a water hauling tank properly. Nabors Industries Ltd. had already been placed on OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program the year before.
- March of 2016 - A Nabors worker on an oil platform rig died while performing maintenance work in the Gulf of Mexico.
- July of 2017 - A widow filed suit against Nabors for negligence in the death of her husband, who had been performing some maintenance when the machinery he had been cleaning turned on and chopped him into pieces.
- February of 2018 - Nabors was forced to pay a man who suffered severe injuries while working on a Nabors site. The company tried to avoid compensating the worker for his injuries but was found responsible for them after a 7-year legal battle.
Companies Must Follow Up Their Words with Action
At Arnold & Itkin, our Nabors Industries accident attorneys have seen a pattern with offshore employers. Large companies will boast about safety and commitment while failing to practice the procedures that they speak and write about. When an accident occurs, employees are left to nurse their wounds and shoulder the blame (and costs) for their employer's negligence. As offshore injury lawyers, it's our job to make sure that doesn't happen.
We fight to make sure workers aren't forced to take the blame or live with the financial consequences of the company's mistakes. Our victories add up to billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, which have helped our clients get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. No company is too large, and no case is too tough to win. When the unthinkable happens, Arnold & Itkin is there to help you put your life back together.