Oilfield Injuries

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The Oil & Gas Industry

Although there have been ups and downs, one of the strongest sectors for jobs in recent years has been the oil and gas industry. With new jobs comes new workers. Demand for these new workers has been high—even though some have never before worked in the field for oil and gas companies. It is particularly important to train new oilfield employees. Unfortunately, in some cases, hiring, supervision, and training processes and procedures for new employees have fallen short as the industry struggles to keep pace with the country’s energy demands and developing technologies (such as fracking).

This can result in serious accidents. Even when workers are properly trained or are experienced workers, accidents often occur that can and should be prevented, and such accidents happen all too frequently in the oilfield.

Common injuries that can occur at the oilfield include:

  • Eye injuries caused by foreign materials, such as fast moving debris or metal
  • Getting caught in equipment
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Inhalation and exposure to dangerous gases and substances
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Electrocution
  • Accidents caused by driving after long shifts / driver fatigue

Common causes of accidents that can occur at the oilfield:

  • Negligence and gross negligence
  • Failure to follow company safety procedures
  • Failure to follow industry regulations
  • Lack of training of employees
  • Lack of supervision of employees
  • Lack of information given to employees
  • Lack of experience of employees
  • Defective equipment and machinery
  • Drug and alcohol use

A Rise in Oilfield Deaths and Injuries

When an accident occurs in the oilfield, the consequences can be deadly. In February 2013, the Houston Chronicle reported that despite declining numbers of workplace deaths generally, oilfield 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 injuries 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.

Getting to the Bottom of What Happened

Although oil and gas companies in the United States have enjoyed record profits over the last several years, the simple truth is that not enough is being done to prevent injuries to ordinary workers—workers which form the backbone of these companies.

Each Houston oil field accident attorney at Morrow & Sheppard understands how oil and gas companies operate, and has the experience and tools to get to the bottom of what happened, and why. Perhaps most importantly, our attorneys are committed to holding companies responsible for preventable oilfield injuries. This is both the right thing to do, and will help prevent such injuries from happening again.

If you or a loved one has been injured while working in the oilfield, the Houston accident lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard can help. Please call us or click here for a free, confidential consultation.

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