Dangers Of Oil Field And Refinery Accidents
Working at a refinery or oil field can be dangerous, and the accidents that occur in these environments often cause serious injuries. The job requires using large, heavy equipment and mistakes can cause catastrophic accidents. Additionally, the proximity to flammable material puts workers at an increased risk of injury or death from fires and explosions.
Why Have There Been Increases In Injuries?
A number of factors help explain why injuries and deaths have risen so dramatically for oil field and refinery workers:
- Increase in drilling. Business is booming in the Texas oil industry. Between 2009 and 2012, 23 percent more workers were added to the workforce, and with more people in oil fields and on rigs, there is likely to be an increase in accidents that cause injuries and deaths.
- Inexperienced workforce. In the 1980s, when oil prices bottomed out, a great deal of oil and gas workers left the industry. Now, with prices at a high once again, more people have been attracted to the field. Many laborers are still young and inexperienced, however, and they often learn their skills on the job. Novices tend to make more mistakes that can injure and kill fellow workers.
- Lack of compliance with safety rules. Safety regulations have long been ignored in the industry, and some of the heavyweight companies spend millions lobbying to reduce safety restrictions. This may be changing soon, though, with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration vowing to crack down on the industry.
- Drug and alcohol use. With lax regulations and unusually long hours, some workers have taken to using drugs or alcohol on the job. If they are not sober, the risk of mistakes increases exponentially.
Consult With An Experienced Texas Injury Attorney
Hazards and mistakes can result in severe injury or even death. You deserve to be protected at work. If you have been involved in a severe injury on an oil rig, you will need to speak with a Texas attorney who understands the oil drilling industry.
At the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec, our primary concern is getting your life back on track, which is why we always try to reach settlements quickly and get you the compensation you need to make a full recovery. Shane Kadlec has two decades of experience helping injured Texans put their lives back together and recover lost wages. Contact his office online, or call 281-643-2000 to learn how Shane can assist you.