Oil Field Injuries
Texas has many oil field injuries and accidents, serious personal injuries and fatalities because it has a high number of oil field employees. Due to the contact with explosive and flammable liquids, the difficult working conditions and the exotic locations, oil exploration includes naturally dangerous working environments. Many oil field exploration companies have been successful at lowering the rate of injuries for their employees.
This focus has helped to bring the injury rate below those of other industries. For example, the injury rate in the construction industry for accidents is about 5.7 lost days of work for every 100 full time employees, while the rate for oil field exploration accidents is about 1.6 lost days of work per 100. However, due to naturally dangerous environment, employers must take precautions to protect the oil field workers from injuries. All employers do not strive to provide a highly safe work environment. The employers could eliminate numerous unsafe conditions if proper steps were taken. Oil field employees sometimes get hurt due to negligence of the employer, therefore an oil field injury lawyer can help guide you.
Common injuries that occur in oil fields are due to welding accidents, slips and falls, burn injuries, head injuries, spinal injuries, trucking accidents, brain injuries, fire and explosion injuries, helicopter accidents, boating accidents and aircraft accidents.
Being Struck By Large Oil Field Objects
Extensive steel rigging and heavy pipes are commonplace on the oil derricks. Particularly in the early stages of oil field development, these materials are constantly being hoisted into place. It is little surprise that the highest percentage of oil field related fatalities results from laborers being struck by large objects. Workers are asked to construct and tear down riggings and to insert and remove pipes on a regular basis. This contact can lead to injuries and death during the oil exploration process.
Oil Field Transportation
In the oil field exploration industry, it is common for employees to be transported great distances for work. Travel to and from the oil fields accounts for a large portion of the oil field related accidents and fatalities. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that highway transportation accidents, including car accidents and trucking accidents, account for 1 in 5 of the worker fatalities associated with oil and gas exploration.