Oil Rig Accident / Drilling Rig Accident
If you live in west Texas you know that few jobs are as dangerous as drilling for oil. Oilfield drilling rig accidents have increased dramatically in the past several years. The reasons for this are simple: Corporate oil company greed, the oil company mentality of profits over safety, and the idea that speed equals money.
As the allegations continue about the scarcity of these resources, the prices of oil skyrocket. This means oil companies focus on profits over safety. They force the employees to work ridiculous amounts of overtime, they cut safety corners and the put safety on the backburner to increase speed and output.
Every oilfield worker, roughneck and family member in this area know the risks and rewards associated with oil field work. Unfortunately, far too many of them have also been forced to experience the effects of the serious injuries that result when corporate greed dominates over safety.
In 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the fatal injury rate in the private mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction sector was 11.4 per 100,000 full time workers, and there were 120 fatalities. The severe lack of enforcement for safety procedures by the oil companies combined with the absence of stringent government inspections largely contribute to the disastrous oilfield accidents.
Common Causes of Oilfield Accidents:
- Failure by the oil company to implement and enforce safety protocols
- Improper employee training
- Defective or poorly maintained machinery
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Worker exhaustion
- Negligent operation of oilfield equipment
- Trench or mine collapse
Common Injuries sustained by Oilfield Workers:
- Traumatic Brain Injury-commonly referred to as TBI
- Wrongful Death
- Chemical Exposure leading to lung and eye injuries
- Limb Loss
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Individuals injured in oilfield accidents, including oilfield transportation accidents, often suffer substantial injury and loss. This includes not just your physical injury but your lost income, your medical bills, pain and suffering, on-going medical treatment. Low Law Firm aggressively handles oilfield accident and oilfield transportation accident cases in Abilene, Texas and the Big Country.
Low Law Firm offers free consultations and we earn no fee unless we recover. Call us today for your free consultation! 325-455-1889. While we are located in Abilene, Texas we handle cases all over the state.