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What types of accidents frequently occur in oil fields?
Oil field accidents are often catastrophic and include:
What are some typical oil field injuries?
Oil field injuries are often serious and can lead to permanent or partial disability and death. Typical injuries include burns, electrocutions, broken spinal cords and necks, head injuries, lost arms and legs, and damage from toxic chemicals
What factors contribute to oil field accidents?
Many factors contribute to the dangers of working in the oilfields including:
Unsafe working conditions - Oilfield workers must contend with heavy, moving machinery, pipes, and chains, work on elevated platforms on the rig, and deal with hazardous weather conditions. They are often forced to work for long periods of time without adequate rest, and forced to ignore established safety standards in order to keep the drilling rig operating at a fast and high profit rate.
Untrained subcontractors and worker inexperience - According to OSHA's Industry Profile statistics, the majority of people hurt at oil and gas well drilling sites have been on the job less than 11 months.
Poor safety standards -Requirements for reporting injuries are vague and subject to interpretation by operators and leaseholders. The government requires the reporting of serious injuries, but the term “serious” was never defined. The increased use of subcontractors has created uncertainty over legitimate authority and decision-making, and confusion over safety procedures. Government agencies responsible for enforcing the rules rarely dole out tough penalties.
Equipment failures - Oil field equipment failures occur because of metal fatigue improper use, inadequate maintenance, overstress, corrosion, , welding failures, and manufacturing and design defects.
How can I protect my rights if I have had an oilfield injury?
The Monsour Law Firm attorneys handle injury, negligence, wrongful death or other claims from oilfield accidents. We understand the laws, regulations, medical issues, and contributing factors that are involved. When you have the unlimited resources of the oil industry opposing you, it is essential that you have a law firm with the experience and expertise to represent your interests effectively. The Monsour Law Firm is determined to bring your case to a successful resolution. We will provide a complimentary case review and recommend a course of action to help you receive the correct compensation for your injuries and financial losses. We can help.