A third oilfield worker has died after succumbing to injuries sustained while working at the Chesapeake Energy’s oilfield site northwest of Houston in the Eagle Ford Shale. The worker was among several involved in a second explosion at the jobsite within two weeks. Workers were attempting to upgrade a well…
Texas oilfield workers work long hours in tough conditions, facing physical and mental challenges every day on the job. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 4.2% of all oil and gas workers are hurt on the job each year. Oil and gas drilling is an inherently dangerous undertaking, with reports putting the job mortality rate at five times that of all other US industries. However, the Texas oil industry plays a crucial role in our state’s economy, contributing at least 14% of the total state economy and 40% of total US crude. And, onshore oil exploration and production has spiked in recent years with the development of shale oil and gas around the state and across the country.
If your employer subscribes to the Texas workers’ compensation system, you may be eligible for related benefits that would cover all of your accident-related medical expenses and replace a portion of the income you lose; however, oilfields often have multiple companies and contractors working on them at once, and so your injuries may not be wholly or even partially your own employer’s fault. If someone besides an employer or co-worker caused an oilfield accident, you may be able to sue them directly in a personal injury case. This claim could result in compensation that goes far beyond what workers’ compensation can offer you financially. Furthermore, many oil and gas companies do not subscribe to the Texas workers’ compensation system. If your employer is a non-subscriber, you can sue them directly for the full scope of damages available in a normal injury case.
Types of Oilfield Accidents
There is a lot that could go wrong in onshore oil drilling, due to the operation of heavy machinery and the use of hazardous chemicals or materials. An oilfield accident can stem from a number of on-the-job hazards and risks. Many of these are preventable and avoidable with the right safety policies and practices. While many kinds of accidents that can occur in a Texas oilfield, some of the most common types include:
- Workplace motor vehicle accidents
- Explosions and fires
- Heavy equipment failures
- Well blowouts
- Fracking accidents
- Working in confined spaces
- Slips and falls
- Chemical exposure
Oilfield accidents can be caused by intoxicated equipment operators, defective machinery or equipment, failure to maintain equipment in proper working order, and various other forms of corporate negligence.
Attorneys for Texas Oilfield Accidents
Oilfield accidents can have a long-term impact on your health and financial future. Dax F. Garza, P.C. is headquartered in Houston, Texas but represents personal injury and products liability clients across the state and nationwide. We offer assistance, support, and representation to the victims of oilfield accidents who have been injured due to another’s negligence. We are committed to aggressively pursuing the rights of our clients and holding the responsible parties accountable for the injuries they cause.
At a free, no obligation initial consultation, we will provide you with an evaluation of your case and answer any questions you may have, so contact us today to learn more about how we can help.