How Many Oilfield Accidents Have There Been In Texas?

As reported in the Houston Chronicle, in recent years there has been a shocking increase in the number of serious oilfield accidents and deaths involving workers. In 2012 alone, 65 oilfield workers in Texas died on the job, most in accidents that could have been prevented.

No fewer than 18,000 Texas oilfield workers were amputated, crushed, cut, burned, broke bones, or suffered other work-related illnesses and injuries from 2008 to 2013. Many more were injured in oilfield-related traffic accidents. Few of these accidents were properly investigated.

The Houston Chronicle tallied amounts the top 12 Texas companies paid to oilfield workers for injury and illness claims that resulted in more or one day of work lost from 2008-2012. The results are as follows:

Texas Oilfield CompaniesClaimsBenefits Paid
Nabors Industries Inc286$10,277,374
Basic Energy Services Inc.: 374 claims totaling374$9,102,837
SPN Fairway Acquisition Inc. (now Superior Energy Services)181$7,367,416
Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.271$7,339,793
Key Energy Services Inc/Key Energy Services LLC401$5,969,830
Endeavor Energy Resources LP (includes ACME Energy Services DBA Big Dog Drilling)310$5,428,501
Halliburton Energy Services Inc.330$4,225,371
SandRidge Energy Inc (includes Lariat Services and Viking Drilling)176$4,193,530
Precision Drilling Corp (includes Gray Wolf Drilling)131$3,854,015
CC Forbes Energy Services Ltd/Forbes Energy Services Ltd.106$3,598,623
Helmerich & Payne Inc.112$3,235,681
Robinson Drilling of Texas LTD.237$2,933,079

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