Oilfield Accidents | Lenahan Law Firm Blog
Working on an oil rig is one of the most hazardous occupations. In a recent five-year period, 489 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job, as reported by OSHA.
Proper, fire-resistant safety gear is essential for oil rig workers, who face a variety of hazards and dangerous conditions, including:
- Explosions and fires
- Chemical exposure
- Confined spaces
- Vehicle accidents
- Struck-by, caught-in, and caught-between accidents
The United States runs on oil, and so it needs to be transported to every corner of the country. But can it be transported safely? There are four main modes of oil transportation: truck, rail, boat, and pipeline. Can any of these methods be trusted? Which is the safest?
A Brownsville man fell off an oilrig and suffered fatal injuries in late February, due to an undisclosed problem with the cabling. While this might seem like a unique and tragic accident, it is actually one incident in a string of many throughout Texas. Working for an oil or gas company in the state has become notoriously dangerous as oilrig and oilfield injuries and fatalities continue to be a frequent problem. Even driving an oil truck has become considerably dangerous as trucking accidents are often reported.