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Midland, TX — Employee Critically Injured in Fire at Texas Oilfield Site

Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 12:48 pm by Williams Hart    

Officials are reporting that on Thursday, November 21st, one person sustained serious injuries in an explosion and fire that occurred at Oasis Transportation and Marketing Corp., an oilfield operations distributor located in Midland, TX. Several storage tanks and a hot oiler truck were engulfed in flames. 

29-year-old Esteban Sanchez was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital in critical condition. No details have been provided on the nature of his injuries. 

Businesses and homes within a half-mile of the fire were evacuated. The Commission on Environmental Quality are monitoring air quality in the region to detect potentially hazardous chemicals, coordinate any clean up needed, and will investigate whether any regulatory violations occurred in connection with the fire.

 

 

While the oil and natural gas industries in Texas do provide workers with steady and well-paying employment, there is significant risk involved in the day-to-day working conditions of work sites. In fact, from 2008 through 2017, 1,566 workers perished trying to extra oil and gas in America (texastribune.org). Further, the number of work-related fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry increased by 27.6% from 2003-2013. 

Causes of Oilfield Accidents

  • Inclement weather
  • Long shifts
  • Heavy machinery
  • Equipment failure
  • Fires and explosions
  • Failure to follow safety protocols
  • Careless or reckless behavior by workers
  • Poor communication on the rig

Types of Accidents

  • Explosions
  • Drilling/Fracking blowouts
  • Burns
  • Exposure to Toxins
  • Defective Machinery
  • Falls

What Should You Do After an Accident? 

Your first priority in an oil field accident is to seek medical attention. This is important for your health as well as creating a record for a possible claim. You also may be required to formally report the incident to your employer.

After the situation stabilizes, it is important to discuss your situation with a lawyer without delay because you need to decide very quickly whether it is in your best interest to file a personal injury lawsuit or a workers’ compensation claim.

Not all employers in Texas carry workers’ compensation insurance. Moreover, other entities such as subcontractors or manufacturers may share liability for an oil field accident. An oil field lawyer can assist you in sorting out which avenue or avenues that you can legally pursue for compensation.

How We Can Help

Because of the large corporate interests involved and the challenges of pursuing claims for oilfield accidents, it is vital to hire a legal team with specific experience helping people hold these powerful companies accountable for the harm they cause. We have successfully fought for our clients against large corporations responsible for preventable oilfield accident injuries. 

Our team has prevailed in legal action against massive corporations who have routinely put profits over the health and safety of individuals like you, and we can do the same for you. We have the resources, skills, and experience necessary to take on these corporate interests and their aggressive defense teams, and we won’t rest until we get justice for you. 

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