This past Friday an employee of Nabor Industries died after sustaining an injury on the job. The employee was working on another company’s oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The platform is located 150 miles south of New Orleans.

Nabor Industries was founded in 1968 and is based out of Bermuda but has operational facilities in Houston, TX. Whistler Energy II, the owner of the platform, contracted with Nabors for current drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Whistler CEO Scott Frankel. Whistler Energy II was founded in 2012 and started operations in the gulf in 2013.

Current Investigation

The platform has ceased operations since Friday in order for the BSEE to conduct an investigation. A spokesperson for BSEE has announced that there is no evidence of any fire, explosion or pollution occurring. No one else was reported to have been injured along with the Nabor’s employee. The findings will be released after a thorough investigation takes place. 


As of 2014 OSHA had placed a subsidiary of Nabor’s on a listed called the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. It was later removed from the list because of appeals on prior OSHA findings. Nabor’s has reported more workplace fatalities than most other oil and gas companies between 2007-2011. Between 2007-2014 three of Nabor’s sister companies reported 18 fatal accidents or worksite deaths to OSHA.