The oil and gas industry in Texas and New Mexico have been a boost to the economy. It has helped many residents earn money and create a secure future for themselves and their families. However, the big problem is that working in that industry is not safe. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that every employee must work in a safe environment, that is not always possible in an oil field given the nature of the job.
Accidents in the oil and gas industry are common and can result in serious injury or even death. If you believe your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer, you may be able to file a claim for compensation with the help of an experienced oilfield accident lawyer.
Oil rig accidents
Working on an oil rig or oil rig is one of the most dangerous jobs in America today. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), some of the most common cases of serious injury in the oil industry include:
Fires and explosions
Come into contact with objects and equipment
These accidents, and others, can occur as a result of a slip and fall or falls from heights; unsafe platforms, unsafe platforms, which can be the result of faulty equipment; lack of safe equipment and tools; fatigued workers (employees regularly work long days, covering 12 or 14 hours); inattention of the operator when operating a machine, tool or motorized vehicle; lack of signage, lack of training; and other acts of negligence. Unfortunately, all accidents that occur in the oil fields are the result of negligence. For example, a transportation incident can be avoided by paying more attention to driving or an accident with machinery can be avoided with proper maintenance or more comprehensive worker training.
Injuries caused by the oilfield accidents
Sometimes, these accidents can result in serious injuries. When the injuries are not fatal, they can be very severe, leaving a worker with permanent scars, disfigurement and disability. These injuries include, but are not limited to:
Severe burn injuries, including second- and third-degree burns.
Loss of a limb or amputation of limbs.
Hearing loss (constant exposure to loud noise or exposure to high pitched noise such as that produced during an explosion).
Bone fracture injuries.
Spinal cord injuries, resulting in partial or total paralysis.
Blindness or other eye injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries.
Soft tissue injuries.
Occupational diseases, which can be the result of exposure to toxins or chemicals in the workplace, among other things.
Contact an oilfield injury lawyer today
The oilfield injury attorneys at Zehl & Associates can help you start a claim. You need to take action immediately, so when you’ve suffered an injury, don’t delay. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Our Undefeated Oilfield Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation at 1-888-984-1252 and learn more about our services and your rights.