Oil rig workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Oil and Gas Industry Fact Sheet, in 2008, 120 oil and gas workers lost their lives while on the job, with the most occurring in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. In 2007, more than 4,200 workers were non-fatally injured and, on average, 4.6 out of every 100 oil workers are injured each year. From minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and severe, life-threatening conditions, an oil rig injury can have serious and even fatal consequences. To prevent these, it’s important for workers to take the proper safety precautions while on the job.
Do you have a loved one who works on an oil rig? Ensure they are safe from harm by encouraging them to take safety and accident prevention measures.
1. Always properly inspect equipment before operating it. Report any defective or malfunctioning equipment immediately to a supervisor, and do not use it. Even a small defect can have devastating consequences.
2. Complete all proper training and certifications before operating any machinery or equipment. Don’t allow untrained colleagues to work unsupervised.
3. Be alert and aware of oncoming dangerous weather conditions and be prepared to respond accordingly. A small storm can turn into much more out on the open waters.
4. Never operate machinery or equipment if you are too tired, unfocused, or otherwise unfit to do so. Not being in the right mindset can injure you or your colleagues.
5. Always wear the proper safety gear, including a helmet, immersion suit, gloves, and more, when working on the rig.
6. Have an emergency plan in place. Know where to go, how to respond, and who to notify in the event that something goes wrong.
If your loved one was the victim of an oil rig injury while on the job, call the Law Offices of Pat Maloney at (210) 934-6609 to discuss your legal rights today. You and your family could be due compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering, and other damages you have incurred.