OSHA in January called for a voluntary “stand down” for all oil and gas employers in fields all across Texas and four other states – temporary work stoppages meant to draw attention to potentially life-threatening risks. So far, 88 companies have signed up to participate in events through Feb. 28.
You need to go read the story about Sergio Rincon and the last time he saw his wife. Get your tissues ready.
No oil patch employer had more recent OSHA-reported deaths in Texas than Nabors Drilling USA LLC and its sister company Nabors Well Services, both subsidiaries of a Bermuda-based corporation with headquarters in Houston. The companies reported five deaths statewide, and two more in North Dakota and Wyoming from 2007 to 2011.
OSHA found violations on all the sites where there were deaths and the company was fined but the fines are so ridiculously low they will not be a deterrent. The initial fines were $104,375 but were cut in half when Nabors contested.
The Texas Railroad Commission and TCEQ also cut fines. Next time you get a parking ticket in Dallas, try throwing a fit about it and see how fast they cut your fine in half.
CEO of Nabors received $16 million in compensation
UPDATE: new trailer from Josh Fox on worker safety. Link is fixed.