Oil field accidents are both common and very dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oil and gas industry accounted for nearly 16 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in 2012. The number of non-fatal injuries in the industry is also high, with the BLS reporting more than 4,000 workplace injuries in 2007 alone. Oil and gas jobs are dangerous, and oil field accidents are common for several reasons, but they are primarily caused by the machinery and chemicals that workers must constantly be around. Oil and gas extraction requires serious heavy machinery and equipment, and if workers aren’t careful, the machinery can fall over and cause broken bones, head trauma, amputated limbs, or death. There are also tons of toxic chemicals and substances on an oilfield site, many of which are flammable and can lead to explosions, fires, and serious chemical burns. Their toxic fumes can also lead to respiratory problems in workers.
In addition to the things oil field workers must deal with due to the nature of their work, oil field accidents also happen because not all workers are adequately trained. Proper training is extremely important in the oil and gas industry because when workers don’t know the proper techniques and methods or they’re not taught about safety precautions, it can lead to a dangerous workplace for everyone around. Oil field sites are also often in a state of disrepair, with broken stairs and scaffolding, spills on the ground, and dangerous debris all littering the area. This can create hazards for all workers onsite and lead to avoidable trips, slips and falls that can result in serious injury or death.
Regardless of the cause of the incident, if you or a loved one was involved in an oilfield accident, the Law Offices of Pat Maloney can help. With more than three decades of experience, our attorneys are experts in oil field accidents and can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.