Common Hazards Leading To Oklahoma Oil Field Injuries
Oilfield workers face many inherent dangers in the workplace. Some of the hazards they encounter include the threat of falls, exposure to toxic chemicals, gas explosions, and truck accidents. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has requirements in place to minimize these and other hazards in the field that can lead to serious injury and death.
Injured oilfield workers in OK who suffer an injury on-the-job may apply for and collect workers’ compensation to cover their losses. The compensation they recover may include medical expenses, partial wage replacement, disability payments, and more.
Proper safety training is vital for oil and gas workers
Under the law, workers are entitled to operate in a safe workplace. When it comes to industries such oil and gas, a variety of hazards are present that can threaten the health and safety of workers. Employers within this industry are required to prevent these hazards as much as possible by providing their employees with the proper training and safety equipment.
According to OSHA, the various hazards faced by oilfield workers include:
Vehicle collisions. Vehicle incidents consistently rank as the top reason for deaths in the oil and gas extraction industry. In 2014, there were 18 deaths of oil and gas workers caused by vehicle accidents, representing 18 percent of all workplace fatalities in the industry.
Explosions and fires. The conflagrations caused by chemicals and flammable gases are another major reason for oilfield worker injuries and deaths.
Hit by/ Caught in/ Trapped-between. Oilfield workers may suffer impact from, or get trapped in between stationary equipment, falling equipment and devices, moving vehicles, and other hazards during the course of their work duties.
Confined Spaces. Workers in the oil and gas industry often have the responsibility to conduct operations within confined or enclosed spaces. These spaces can include storage tanks, excavated areas, reserve pits, mud pits, enclosures around a wellhead, and sand storage containers. The hazards often present in and around these spaces include exposure to chemicals, and ignition of flammable gases and vapors. A serious potential health issue associated with these threats includes asphyxiation.
Falls. Workers in the oil and gas industry are often required to perform tasks at elevated heights above the ground. If they do not wear or make use of required OSHA personal fall protection equipment, they can suffer injury or even death if a misstep or other accident occurs. According to the CDC, from 2005 to 2014, fatal fall incidents in the oil and gas industry totaled 63 in number – this total represented 15 percent of all incidents ending in fatality.
Ergonomic Hazards. Injuries related to improper ergonomics can occur among oilfield workers when they perform work that involves:
- Reaching overhead
- Pulling or pushing heavy items
- Lifting heavy items
- Repetitious tasks
- Awkward body positions
Additional safety hazards faced by oilfield workers include electrocution, working with faulty equipment, and working around high pressure devices.
Oil Field Injury Lawyer
The oil industry continues to grow with the world’s demand for oil and natural gas. With this increased demand, there has also been an increase in accidents causing serious injury and death to workers who often are inadequately trained or supervised. We offer experienced, strategic support to protect the rights of our clients and their families after suffering a serious oil field injury or death.
After an accident, it is important to work with an experienced legal team that can collect and preserve all necessary evidence for your case including physical evidence, accident reports, corporate documentation, witness statements, and expert opinions. Our team will begin an immediate investigation to identify the cause of the accident and pursue claims against all liable parties.
An oilfield injury or death may be caused by:
Company failure to take reasonable precautions
Improper employee training
Improper maintenance of equipment
Defective products & machinery
Drug & alcohol abuse
Individuals injured by oil field accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries, including wrongful death. Our team has the legal and medical experience to effectively handle a range of cases involving serious & complex injuries caused by explosions and burns, falls, defective products and equipment, toxic fumes and fires.
We are committed to pursuing an aggressive case against all liable parties and will seek to collect the full compensation you are entitled to for lost wages, pain and suffering, long-term care needs, disability and impairment, and any additional personal or financial losses you have sustained.
Oil Field Accidents and Injuries are on the Rise
Oil and gas industry injuries are the most dangerous and fatal in the country. From 2003 to 2010, the U.S. oil and gas industry (both onshore and offshore combined) had a collective fatality rate that was 7 times higher than the rate for all U.S. workers combined. Louisiana had 5 catastrophic refinery and oil rig explosions between January and October 2017, more than any other state in the country.
What to do After an Oil Field Accident
- Stop working immediately
- Report your injury as soon as possible.
- Ask for immediate medical treatment.
- Do not give a formal statement, sign ANY paperwork, or accept any money from the company (besides your normal paycheck) prior to speaking with an experience oil field injury lawyer.
- Contact an experienced Oil Field Accident Lawyer as soon as possible.