Princes of Industry

by
Abby Zimet

Hours after they'd survived the fiery explosion of the Gulf of Mexco
oil rig, seen their friends die and spent a chaotic night on the water -
and hours before they saw their families - stunned workers were asked
to sign waivers absolving the rig's owner,
Transocean, from responsibility for the disaster. Now the company -
surprise! - is using the waivers against workers who are filing
lawsuits.

"I
had been up for almost 40 hours, and just gone through hell. And they
want to throw papers in my face for me to sign to take them, you know,
out of their responsibility. That's one of the things they preach to us
the entire time you work there - be
responsible." - rig worker Christopher Choy, in a PBS  interview.

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