When an oilfield accident occurs, the consequences can be deadly. In December 2018, The Center for Public Integrity reported that from 2008 through 2017, 1,566 oilfield workers were tragically killed in oilfield accidents throughout the United States.
In February 2013, the Houston Chronicle stated that despite declining numbers of workplace deaths generally, oilfield-related accidental deaths have risen. NPR reported similar findings, and in February 2013 found that there had been a 100 percent increase in oil and gas industry fatalities since 2009.
In February 2014, the Houston Chronicle reported on the rise of oilfield accidents in Texas, and found that at least 18,000 workers had suffered amputations, were crushed, burned, broke bones, were cut, or reported other work-related injuries from 2008 to 2013.