Posted by: Kemmy Law Firm
Working in oilfields is inherently dangerous. According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2008 through 2017, 1,566 workers died from injuries in the oil-and-gas drilling industry. Unfortunately, drilling oil and gas wells – and doing other jobs that support oil and gas operations – will continue to be a dangerous line of work.
But with the proper procedures and safety measures in place, workers should be able to trust that they are not risking their lives while doing their jobs. Oilfields can be held accountable for their negligence when an employee is injured at work.
The actual danger of oilfields lies in the many types of accidents that threaten employee safety. Although some occur more than others, they all increase the need for workers to take precautions. These accidents include:
Oilfield accidents are known for producing some of the most devastating injuries. Depending on your accident, you may experience:
These are only a few of the different types of injuries you could sustain after an oilfield accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has taken steps to limit oilfield accidents. Some of these efforts include:
Although OSHA makes an effort to limit oilfield injury, they can’t control the negligent actions of an employer who chooses to forgo hazard prevention.
Due to the dangerous nature of the job, oilfield employers have a higher standard of care and are obligated to follow strict guidelines to keep workers safe. When these guidelines are not met, an employer could be found negligent.
Examples of negligence could be when companies fail to follow safety protocol or provide workers with safety equipment and a safe work environment. A worker has the right to seek compensation when their employer compromises their safety and causes their injury.
Oilfield negligence could be fatal, giving the victim’s loved ones the right to file a wrongful death claim.
Did you suffer catastrophic injuries in an oilfield accident? Is someone else at fault for the injuries you sustained? If so, you may have the right to hold them accountable in civil court. Make the at-fault party pay for their negligence. Contact an experienced oilfield injury lawyer at Kemmy Law Firm to get started on your case.
Get a free consultation. We do not charge up-front fees, and you owe nothing unless you recover compensation.
When you work with us at Kemmy Law Firm, you are working with a family run firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. We are dedicated and successful trial attorneys practicing in West TX, Hobbs, NM, Midland-Odessa, and across the Permian Basin. Our team handles everything from catastrophic injury claims to complex business matters. We are here to fight for you. We dedicate our time and attention to your case and use every resource available to maximize your claim and obtain the best possible outcome.