There are many oilfield injuries, but most fall into two categories: bodily injury and loss of life. These categories can be broken down further, but the basic idea is that there are many ways for an oilfield worker to get injured or killed on the job.
The most common type of oilfield injury involves bodily harm. This can range from simple cuts and bruises to more severe damage, such as broken bones or partial amputations. There are many ways for a worker to get hurt on the job, but the most common include:
- Falls from heights
- Getting hit by heavy equipment or vehicles
- Being struck by lightning
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or gases
- Drowning in open water wells
In some cases, an injured worker may be able to file workers’ compensation claims against their employer. These claims will help cover medical expenses and lost wages after the accident.
Loss of Life
The second most common type of oilfield injury is fatality. The oilfield’s most common cause of death is a fall from heights. This can happen when someone is working on a rig or derrick, but it also happens when workers work on the ground below one. Other common causes of fatality include exposure to toxic chemicals and gases, electrocution, and drowning. If you are injured in an oilfield accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. You will also want to report the accident to your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim against them. Family members may have recourse through wrongful death lawsuits if someone dies due to injuries.