Oil field workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. They work in the elements, dealing with heat, rain, and other difficult weather conditions, and they work around dangerous, heavy machinery and volatile substances on a day-to-day basis. It’s no wonder oil field accidents are so common. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,300 oil field workers injured in 2011 alone.
Common oil field accidents include:
- Falls from scaffolding, stairs, ladders, or decks
- Gushers and blowouts
- Trips on pipes, tarp, matting, or other materials
- Incidents involving the transportation of materials or pipelines
- Slips on ice, mud, or other slick surfaces
- Strikes from falling objects, pipes, ducts, bars, boxes, bags, and machine parts
- Gas leaks and exposure to fumes
- Incidents that occur during drilling
- Overexertion while lifting, pulling, or operating machinery
- Salt dome incidents
- Contamination and storage problems
- Collapsing decks
- Entrapment in drilling equipment or other pieces of machinery
- Extreme noise exposure
- Defective or inappropriate equipment
- Fires and explosions
If you suffered an injury due to any of these common oil field accidents, you should consider filing a claim. You could be due compensation for your medical bills, any wages you lost, and your pain and suffering. Contact an injury lawyer to help guide you through the legal process of filing your claim.
Often, with oil field accidents, a number of parties could be held liable for your injuries. Possible at-fault parties include co-workers, your employer, or any manufacturer or distributor of a product or material that may have been involved in your injury. A lawyer will be best able to help you determine who is responsible and whom you can seek compensation from.
If you or someone you love is considering filing a claim for injuries sustained in oil field accidents, call San Antonio injury lawyer Pat Maloney today.