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Nabors Industries Ltd.

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Nabors Industries Ltd. is headquartered in Bermuda and has roots that reach back to the 1960s. The company was originally named Angle Energy, Ltd. 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 describes itself as the owner and operator of the largest land-based drilling rig fleet in the world. However, 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.

The two types of rigs offered by Nabors include the following:

  • Platform Rigs – These rigs are fixed offshore platforms that stand on the ocean floor or are attached to floating structured.
  • Jack-up rigs – These rigs are mobile and have legs that extend to the ocean floor. This self-elevating variety of drilling rig is the most popular option in offshore drilling.

In addition to providing rigs, Nabors offers construction, transportation, and assembly of its rigs. Additionally, the company supports offshore drilling operations with maintenance, repair, operation, and other technical aspects of deep water offshore drilling.

Nabors Industries & Safety Violations

On its website, Nabors identifies safety as a top value. The company claims their procedures protect their employees, the environment, and their assets. They also write of the importance of accountability and state that Nabors learns from 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 Nabor’s various issues it has had with workplace safety and Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigations. Over a period of 15 years, OSHA was forced to seek 8 warrants after being denied entry to Nabors worksites.

Nabors safety incidents include:

  • In 2015, the company was sanctioned by OSHA due to the death of an employee in an October 2014 explosion. Investigations found that the explosion could have been prevented had the company cleaned a water hauling tank properly. Nabors Industries Ltd. was placed on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program the year before.
  • In February 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 battle.
  • 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.
  • Since the year 2000, Nabors has been fined 45 times by government agencies for a total of $712,252.

Companies Must Follow Up Their Words with Action

Nabors Industries Accident Attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP.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 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.

Our Jones Act lawyers fight to make sure workers are not 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—each of 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.


If you have suffered an injury in a Nabors offshore accident, call today at (888) 346-5024. Our attorneys are ready to listen to your case and review your options in a free consultation.


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