The United States produces tens to hundreds of millions of barrels of oils each year nationally, and there are approximately 11,000 oilfield workers in the industry at any given time. Oilfield accidents can happen during any phase of oil and gas extraction, including drilling oil and gas wells, transportation, pipelines, refining, and other support activities for oil and gas extraction.
Non-fatal oilfield injuries can happen at any time during oil and gas extraction and for a variety of reasons. In Texas alone, the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) is in charge of issuing permits and citing violations. Every year, the TRC finds tens of thousands of violations ranging from minor too severe. These violations put workers in serious danger. Oilfield accidents can be the result of one of these violations, which often includes oilfield equipment, vehicles, pipelines, storage, and other areas
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates about 120 fatalities related to the oil and gas industry per year. Those injured in oilfield accidents are often faced with more severe injuries than those in other industries given the dangerous nature of the work. A few of the most severe oilfield accidents involved the hazardous spilling of chemicals, workers coming into contact with electrified equipment, fires, explosions, leaks, and blowouts.
Oilfield Accidents Causes
Oilfield accidents can have many causes and are often attributed to:
- Failure to:
- properly communicate safety procedures
- comply with new safety standards and procedure
- give proper training to all employees at all levels
- protect and train visitors to the job site
- maintain or replace faulty equipment
- provide adequate safety equipment such as helmets, goggles, and suits
- provide working fire suppression equipment
- TRC to cite violations
- maintenance and inspection of equipment
- construction of equipment
- construction of safety items such as rails, steps, frames, etc.
- storage of hazardous fluids
- Cracks and fissures in pipes, lines, and other means of fluid transportation
- Cracks and fissures in storage units such as tanks, trucks, etc.
Oilfield Accident Attorney
Workers injured during oilfield accidents have entitlement to compensation for their damages which can go beyond traditional workman’s compensation. If the injuries are severe enough and the employer proved negligent enough, a worker can file a claim for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent injuries, diminished work capacity, and more.
However, some employers, their insurance companies, and lawyers may attempt to minimize your injuries, offer you a small settlement, or even deny your claim out right.
With the state of Texas having the most oilfield accident fatalities in the nation, it is imperative to get an attorney who knows the law. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an oilfield accident, you have a limited time to act. Contact us immediately so we can help you learn your rights when dealing with an employer or filing a claim at no cost.
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