Four electricians who suffered severe brain injuries in a work-related accident on an oil rig have been awarded $1.375 million by a Texas court. Three companies -- Fire and Safety Specialists Inc., Noble Drilling Services Inc., and Keppel Amfels LLC -- will be footing the bill.
As reported by Harlingen, Texas' KGBT-TV, the men were working in the engine room of a drydocked oil rig when the room was flooded with carbon dioxide. The men lost consciousness and were deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes. All four later reported significant health problems stemming from the incident.
Why did the court find the three companies liable for the men's injuries?