Oil and Gas Industry Injuries Are on the Rise
The increased demand for and price of crude oil and natural gas have created a marked increase in drilling activity in the U.S. oil and gas industry – particularly in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and Nebraska. The increased demand for crews and equipment has put additional pressures on the industry to use inexperienced workers and unsafe equipment. This has led to poor practices and unsafe work environments due to an increase in work injuries from blowouts, pipeline explosions and other well site accidents.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, oilfield injuries are on the rise. A 2008 study revealed that Texas is among the top three states in gas and oil extraction industry fatal work injuries.
On-site injuries and fatalities are not the only concern plaguing the oil and gas industry. Truck transportation to and from sites has harmed not only oilfield workers, but also those in surrounding communities. According to a recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “Motor vehicle crashes account for the largest number of fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry every year.”
Know Your Rights When Dealing with Oil and Gas Worker Injuries and Accidents
Slack & Davis oilfield injury attorneys have years of experience in representing injured workers and their families. Slack & Davis attorneys have the expertise and resources to investigate and successfully prosecute such cases against oil and gas operators, contractors and manufacturers of defective products.
If you’ve been overexposed to dangerous chemicals, been in an oilfield accident or suffered an injury related to oilfield work, you should become informed on what your rights are. Oilfield workers need to protect themselves from some of the dangers that come with a high-risk occupation. Employers need to abide by OSHA regulations and other state and federal regulations to provide appropriate safety standards. When these guidelines are not being met, you may be in danger of an oilfield injury or accident.
Expert Lawyers in Oilfield and Gas Industry
The oil and gas boom should not compromise the safety of the employees, but sometimes injuries and accidents on the oilfields do happen. If you or a loved one has suffered serious life-altering injuries due to oilfield and gas industry work, get immediate help and then contact us. John Jose, lead attorney of Slack & Davis’ Fort Worth office, has practiced personal injury and wrongful death cases since he began practice in 1981. He handles catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases arising from oilfield injuries. By leveraging attorneys’ individual interests and strengths, Slack & Davis has grown into a nationally recognized force in civil litigation.