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Drilling Rig Accidents and Land Rig Explosions in Pecos Oilfields

The oil boom in Pecos, Texas has expanded so rapidly that temporary housing fills up nearly as soon as it is built. The sales tax on oil has allowed this small Texas town to devote funds to develop infrastructure. In some estimates, there are nearly twice as many temporary oil field workers living in Pecos than permanent residents. This major economic change has brought about many consequences, both positive and negative, in this west Texas town.

In an oilfield, employees work long hours with complicated heavy machinery and, when accidents occur, they can be incredibly serious or even fatal. While Pecos has enjoyed the boom in jobs and revenue, oil fields still remain dangerous places to work, and drilling rig accidents and land rig explosions in Pecos oilfields are unfortunately common.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an occupational accident while working in an oilfield in Pecos, Texas, contact the Pecos work accident attorneys at Carabin Shaw today. One of our practiced Pecos injury lawyers will help you to evaluate your oilfield injury claim.

What are Drilling Rigs and Land Rigs?

A drilling or land rig is a large interconnected system of machinery that is used to detect reservoirs of gas or oil and drill holes into the Earth’s surface to create a well to extract these resources. These machines are capable of drilling thousands of meters into the ground. This machinery can be difficult to operate if an employee is not given the proper training, leading to tragic accidents and even fatalities.

Common Causes of Drilling Rig Accidents and Land Rig Explosions in Pecos Oilfields

The oilfields of Pecos are vulnerable to many of the occupational hazards found in oil fields worldwide. The following list is intended to help you evaluate the category of you or your loved ones’ oilfield accident claim. Common causes of Pecos oilfield accidents include:

  • Explosions brought on by fire and gas leaks in the field
  • Fires sparked by gas erupting
  • Malfunctions in heavy machinery
  • Violations of OSHA requirements
  • Drilling operations
  • Failure to properly train those operating heavy machinery
  • Slip and fall accidents (the most common cause of all deaths among oil and gas extractions workers, according to the CDC)

According to the CDC, 41% of all fatalities from oil and gas extraction occupational accidents occurred in Texas in 2017. Most of these deaths were caused by a fall from more than a 9-meter height while working on a drilling rig. Considering the frequency and severity of these accidents, victims may be subject to severe injury, disfigurement, dismemberment, or death. Be sure that the attorney you’ve chosen to represent this claim is made aware of all the mitigating factors of the accident in question.

When to Contact a Lawyer

If the accident in question was caused by a lack of training, proper safety measures, or failure to adhere to OSHA guidelines, the oil company could be held legally responsible for any injury. Pursuing compensation for an oil field accident can be incredibly complicated, however, and you should look for a lawyer who has ample knowledge of work accident law. You should contact the accomplished Pecos injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw to receive our guidance informed by years of experience working with victims of work-related injury.

Pecos Work Accident Attorneys Can Help

If you or a loved one have been injured in an occupational Pecos oilfield accident, call toll-free today at 1-800-862-1260 or reach us at our Midland office at 432-620-0544. Our experienced attorneys want to help you seek just compensation for your work accident injuries. We have years of experience representing Texas employees and would be happy to assist.

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