While the oil industry is booming and striving in Texas, the fact remains that the job sites are inherently dangerous for the employees.
Oil rig workers can and do get killed and/or seriously injured as a result of preventable accidents. Investigations into these accidents often reveal that the employers are violating state and federal safety regulations by failing to implement comprehensive safety and training programs placing their profits in front of the workers’ safety.
These findings are alarming because accidents are occurring on a daily basis.
Some of the most common accidents can stem from the following:
- Oil truck accident;
- Falls and rigs collapsing;
- Crane failures;
- Derrick accidents;
- Fires and explosions;
- Defective machinery;
- Toxic fumes exposure;
- Compressor stations;
- Pump jacks;
- Work jacks;
Job Site Deaths A Year – Across Industries
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), 5,147 workers died on the job in 2017 [https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm] (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 99 people die from work-related / job site accidents per week.
In the United States, MORE THAN 14 PEOPLE DIE FROM JOB-RELATED DEATHS A DAY.
COMMON CAUSES OF OILFIELD ACCIDENTS
Without understanding the underlying causes of oilfield accidents, employers can and should take steps to reduce risk on a job site. Some of the most common contributing factors for oilfield accidents include:
- Inadequate training;
- Inadequate safety measures;
- Inadequate supervision of employees;
- Faulty equipment;
- Unanticipated environmental hazards;
- Human error;
OIL FIELD DEATH AND INJURIES
Unfortunately, these types of accidents are often so significant that either the employee loses his/her life or sustains serious and permanent injuries.
Common Oil and Gas Rig Injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Amputation of limbs;
- Crushing Injury
- Loss of vision;
- Loss of hearing;
- Respiratory illness from chemical inhalation and exposure;
- Nerve damage;
- Spinal injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Disabling injuries; and
- Permanent disfigurement
If you lost a loved one or if you were injured while working at the rig site, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Here at the Caquias Law Group, we have our engineers and other experts that will investigate the facts surrounding your injury to confirm what safety rules were violated, to determine if it was caused by faulty equipment and determine who caused or contributed to your accident.
Call 210-996-2237 today to schedule your free oil rig injury or death consultation. We are here to help and serve clients injured on the oil field nationwide.