Working in an oil field is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Drilling for oil and natural gas involves heavy equipment, highly-flammable gases, toxic chemicals, and an unpredictable environment. Even minor mistakes can result in deaths. Workers in the oil and gas extraction industry have an annual occupational fatality-rate of 27.5 per 100,000 workers per year, which is more than 7.5-times higher than the risk of death for other workers.
COMMON OIL FIELD FAILURES
Although some injury risks in the oil field industry may be considered “part of the job,” serious and unnecessary accidents may also be caused by substandard workplace safety measures on the part of oil companies, contractors and equipment manufacturers. There are also third parties whose negligence may be responsible for oil field accidents, including independent contractors like rig movers, wireline operators, logging companies and frac companies. Some of the most common causes of drilling rig failures and collapses include:
- HEAVY EQUIPMENT FAILURES
- LACK OF ADEQUATE TRAINING
- ERRORS IN THE DRILLING PROCESS
- WORKER FATIGUE
- RIG BLOWOUTS
- FAILURE TO USE PROPER SAFEGUARDS
COMMON OIL FIELD ACCIDENTS
- FALLS FROM RIGS
- EQUIPMENT FAILURES & MALFUNCTIONS
- FIRES & EXPLOSIONS
- TOXIC CHEMICAL SPILLS
- FALLING OBJECTS, TOOLS, ETC.
- CRUSHED BY MACHINERY
- MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Every year, thousands of oil field workers are injured on the job, with many of the injuries proving to be life-altering and sometimes even fatal. Most workers who have been injured in an oil field accident are entitled to workers’ compensation for their injuries, medical bills and lost wages. However, they may also have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the allegedly negligent third party in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT INJURIES RELATED TO AN OIL FIELD ACCIDENT
At Fulmer Sill, we are proud to deliver high-quality assistance to all of our clients. Should you choose to seek our legal representation, we are confident that our experience and knowledge will produce a favorable outcome for you. If you or a loved one have been affected by a oil field accident, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. Fulmer Sill handles all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact us at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation.