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Workplace Injuries: Oil and Gas

by P. Brian Berryman on 01/10/2014

According to reports, fatalities in the oil and gas industry are the highest they have been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics began keeping track in 1992. National Public Radio came out with an interesting report on how workplace deaths have further increased with the hiring spree in the oil patch to keep up with the boom in unconventional oil and gas drilling.

Oil and Gas Boom: South Texas and Beyond

South Texas remains in the middle of an oil boom. While the economic possibilities for our great state are incredible, there is so much work to be done, dangerous work, that companies are moving at a feverish pace to keep up. Even amidst the oil rush to focus on making money, every possible protection should be in place to protect workers from personal injury and wrongful death. 

The increased demand for crude oil and natural gas has created unparalleled drilling activity not just in South Texas, but also across the United States, including in Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Pennsylvania, and other states. The increased demand for crews and equipment has pressured the industry to use inexperienced workers and unsafe equipment.

Oilfield Accidents and Injuries

Oil workers often suffer serious and fatal injuries on the job site. Many of these come from heavy equipment failures, lack of training, failure to use proper safeguards, or errors in the drilling process. While the injuries vary, many are catastrophic or deadly as the pipes and industrial equipment weigh thousands of pounds. Some of the most common types of oilfield accidents are explosions, gas leaks, well blowouts, collapsing work rigs, and malfunctioning heavy equipment.

Oilfield injuries can include:

  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Fall injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Toxic exposure
  • Back injuries 

At Watts Guerra LLP, we have years of experience handling complex litigation against large corporate defendants. We take a scientific approach with a team of leading industry experts and build our legal strategy to gain you and your loved ones maximum compensation for your injuries.

Tags: Oil and Gas Law, Oil and Gas Refinery Explosions, Workplace Injury

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