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Region 6 News Release: 12-378-DAL
May 3, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Todd   Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710   972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov   rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Houston-based Nabors Drilling USA for
exposing workers to safety and health hazards at 2 oil rig drilling sites in Texas

HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Houston-based Nabors Drilling USA L.P. with three serious, four repeat and three alleged other-than-serious violations for exposing workers to numerous safety and health hazards at one oil rig drilling site in the city of Beaumont and a second in Liberty County. Proposed penalties total $152,100.

OSHA's Houston North Area Office began its investigation of both rigs on Nov. 17, 2011, as part of the agency's regional emphasis program on the oil and gas industry, and found that platforms were not properly guarded, emergency escape lines were kinked and eye wash stations did not function properly, among other hazards.

The serious violations include failing to follow manufacturers' safety requirements for emergency escape lines, provide guardrails on walkways next to hazardous equipment and adequately maintain a derrick ladder. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The repeat violations include failing to guard floor holes, provide a guardrail system or equivalent fall protection at other openings, and provide access to emergency eyewash and shower stations. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement