As oil prices have increased over the last several years, oil companies have taken that opportunity to aggressively expand drilling operations across the country. Breakneck expansion leads to more oilfield accidents. With advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil companies can reach oil and gas reserves that were once unreachable.
As the oil companies are rushing to expand their operations and increase their production, they often lose sight of the most important aspect of the job. Oilfield Safety.
The oil and gas industry in Texas provides one of the most hazardous work environments available. From drilling exploration, well completion, and various other field operations to transportation, storage and refining, thousands of workers are injured each year in oilfield accidents. Unfortunately, many of those injuries are life changing.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN OILFIELD ACCIDENT:
- Notify your employer of the oilfield accident.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Document everything! Document your injuries, your treatment schedules, your doctor visits. Most of all document what you recall happening.
- Take pictures! If at all possible take photographs. Oftentimes you are the only one who will be able to capture the oilfield accident scene immediately after it happens.
- Get contact information for witnesses. Again, if at all possible, obtain the name, telephone number and address for anyone who saw the accident.
- Contact a oilfield accident lawyer to discuss your case.
CAUSES OF OILFIELD ACCIDENTS.
- Well explosions and fires
- Rig Collapses
- Rig blowouts
- Vehicle accidents
- Pipeline explosions
- Equipment failure
- Frac Tank accidents
- Falling equipment
- Falls from drilling rig
- Chemical spills
Victims of oilfield accidents need an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an oilfield accident or pipeline explosion you are encouraged to contact an attorney as soon as possible. It is imperative that you find an oilfield accident lawyer who can act quickly and has the resources to investigate and move on your case quickly. Tara Gilmore-Low and her colleagues provide those resources. Contact Tara Gilmore-Low today for a free consultation.