There are over 2.6 million miles of pipelines in the United States. That’s enough to circle the earth roughly 100 times. Pipelines exist in all 50 states, and pipeline development and investment is a big-dollar business. In 2013, investments in pipeline properties expanded to $14 billion dollars, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.
While these are the largest pipeline owners in the United States, there are actually 3,000 different pipeline owners and operators in this country ranging from large to small, according to the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
U.S. Companies spend a lot of money to build their pipelines, but not enough on the workers who actually build them. In 2013, it was estimated that the cost to construct a single mile of pipeline was $6.57 million. Of this $6.57 million, companies spend approximately $2.8 million on labor per pipeline mile.
A lot is required to construct a pipeline, and every step presents an opportunity for worker injury if the proper safety precautions are not taken. The steps include:
Once a pipeline is built, much work is required maintain it and ensure it is safe. And because of the explosive nature of what the pipeline is often transporting, pipeline incidents can be fatal. For example, in 2000, an El Paso natural gas pipeline exploded in New Mexico, killing 12. In 2010, a PG&E natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, killing eight.
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered an injury while working in connection with a pipeline, the Texas pipeline injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard can help. Please call us or click here for a free, confidential consultation.
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