According to the United States Department of Labor, more than 450,000 people worked in the gas and oil extraction industries in 2011, with many of these employees working in oil fields on a regular basis. Oilfield work can be extremely dangerous and involve many industrial procedures which require specialized training and equipment to be conducted safely.
Unfortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that from 2003 to 2010, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job, equaling a fatality rate seven times greater than that of all other industries. In fact, these fatality rates have largely remained constant since the early 1990s.
Some of the most common types of fatal accidents in the oilfield industry include:
- Chemical exposures
- Vehicle collisions
- Struck-by, caught-between, and caught-in accidents
- Ergonomic hazards
- High pressure lines and equipment
- Machine hazards
- Fires and explosions
- Accidents involving confined spaces
Do Oilfield Workers Have Rights?
Yes. Just like workers in other industries, oil workers have a right to a safe workplace regardless of the dangerous nature of their occupation. Under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, the law which created OSHA, employers must provide a safe work environment for their employees that does not have any recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause serious death or injury. If an employer should fail to fulfill this duty, they may be held financially liable for any injuries which may befall their workers. Likewise, although rare, employers can even sometimes be held liable for accidents and injuries caused by a co-worker’s carelessness.
Corpus Christi Oilfield Accident Lawyers – (855) 812-1100
At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, our team of knowledgeable lawyers have represented countless Eagle Ford Shale oilfield workers and others across the nation, securing millions along the way. If you or a loved one has been injured in an oilfield accident, you may have grounds to take legal action in pursuit of compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
To find out more about how we can assist you with your claim, we invite you to discover your legal options in full during a confidential case review.