In 2011, more than 450,000 people worked in the gas and oil extraction industries. Many of these employees actively worked in oil fields. Oil field work involves many industrial processes and can be very dangerous, especially if workers and employers do not follow OSHA safety guidelines.
Specialized equipment and training are also needed, which can widen the margin for error and increase the likelihood of a serious accident or injury.
According to OSHA, the number of injuries and fatalities linked to oil and gas extraction hasn't changed much over the past 25 years. This means that the same safety and health risks present in the 1990s affect workers today.
The most common fatal accidents in the oil field industry are:
- Chemical Accidents and Exposure
- Accidents Involving Confined Spaces
- Fires and Explosions
- Struck-By, Caught-In, and Caught-Between Accidents
- Vehicle Accidents
What are my rights as an oil field worker?
OSHA provides the same rights to oil field employees as employees in other industries. This means that, regardless of the inherent dangers associated with their jobs, oil field workers have the right to a safe workplace.
Employers are obligated to provide a safe work environment for their employees. In rare cases, accidents and injuries are attributed to a co-worker's carelessness, but even in these cases the employer may be liable for hiring an underqualified employee.
When to Call an Attorney
If you suffered an injury or the loss of a loved one, speak with the Houston personal injury lawyers at our firm today. Initial consultations are always free. During your evaluation, we can help you understand your legal rights and options with us.
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