Almost every type of worker may face some form of occupational hazard in their working environment. However, for the oil and gas industry workforce, some of these hazards can be quite severe. Slip and fall injuries are also one of the most common causes of oilfield injuries accidents. However, other common causes of oilfield accidents, include:
Oil industry accidents are often caused by factors that could have been prevented. It can often take a comprehensive investigation to uncover exactly what caused your injuries. If you are actively recovering, you probably do not have the time or energy to review the details of your accident in a way that can reveal crucial evidence. An experienced oil field injury attorney from Williams Hart can assemble a team to fully investigate the events surrounding your accident. This information can lead to valuable details that can result in compensation for your medical bills, time lost from work and other damages. We will use all of this evidence in your case to make sure that you reach justice in your case.
With the right team on your side, you can focus on what is most important following a serious accident: recovering from your injuries. In the event of a catastrophic injury that results in amputation or paralysis, we know you are rightfully concerned about your family and your ability to work and provide for them. Concerns such as these make it so important to choose a legal team that understands how to handle these cases and will work to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you would like to know more about the most common causes of oilfield accidents, please do not hesitate to contact the oilfield injury attorneys at Williams Hart today.
MAY 2019 -- The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) made public its regulatory safety rollbacks that will dismantle security standards for offshore drilling rig operations that were implemented after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Deepwater Horizon was an offshore drilling rig, located about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana, that exploded on April 20th, 2010 and consequently caught fire after multiple safety warnings and violations were ignored. The structure’s poor safety regulations resulted in the deaths of 11 employees, and injuries of 17 others. 4 million barrels of oil were spilled over the course of 84 days.
These rule cuts follow the current administration’s plan to vastly expand oil and natural gas drilling off the nation’s gulf coast line. Additionally, the revisions will reportedly save an estimated $1.5 billion over the next 10 years.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003-2013 the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experienced unprecedented growth leading to a doubling of its workforce and an increase in the number of drilling rigs by 71%.
In the midst of this rapid growth came the discovery of oil and gas in the Eagle Ford Shale, a long, geological formation that straddles the heartland of Texas’ central-southern regions. Its brittle sedimentary structure is extracted through hydraulic fracturing--otherwise known as fracking, a process in which rock is smashed with a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to release small pockets of oil and gas inside.
Stretching across the brush country of South Texas, from Madisonville--just north of Houston--all the way to the western rural regions of Carrizo Springs and Crystal City, the Eagle Ford Shale has been the most oil-and-gas-rich geological formation in the state since its discovery in 2008.
At roughly 50 miles wide and 400 miles long the Eagle Ford Shale is home nearly 30 counties in which thousands of locals are settled and oil and gas professionals have flocked to on the promise of hefty financial compensation.
Like any other energy-industry hub, similar to the eruption that occurred in the Permian Basin of West Texas, these counties have stood witness to an alarming spike in occupational fatalities.
According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Eagle Ford Shale leads the state in oil-and-gas related fatalities.