Hand Injuries - San Antonio Oil Field Injury Attorneys of Carabin Shaw
Injuries in the oil and gas field can be disastrous and can impact its victims both emotionally and physically - including significant damage to appendages. Hand injuries account for up to 22.88% of total lost time incidents, and can be permanently debilitating for workers. Every year, hundreds of San Antonio workers will be injured on the job. And if these injuries are hand injuries, it’s likely that injured victims will be out of work for months. So what can be done?Gloves: The Last Line of Defense
It is well known that safety gloves play a major role in protecting hands. But although it is important to wear gloves, hand protection should never be the only line of defense for preventing hand injuries. Too frequently, other prevention methods are ignored, and the result is inevitably hand injury. The most common hand injuries that occur in the workplace are:
Like most workplace injuries, hand injuries are preventable. Here, we’ve compiled a list of practices that have been proven to prevent hand injuries in the workplace:
- Know Your Environment - Most hand and finger injuries occur on the rig floor. All too often, workers fail to identify potential hazards and elements in their work environment. Failure to perform a safety analysis or adequately survey for hand and finger hazards could lead to a catastrophic hand injury.
- Maintain and Update Equipment - Many times, a failure to maintain and update all safety equipment leads to worksite injuries. Equipment needs to be cleaned regularly to provide proper protection and in order to function properly. Failure to maintain, clean, or update equipment leaves workers at high risk for accidents – and at risk for the serious injuries that can result from them.
- Put Controls in Place - Often, companies fail to outline specific processes for employees to comply with hand safety objectives. When this happens, there is a lack of accountability and awareness. This leads to a lack of protection for the workers, leaving them vulnerable to serious hand injuries.
If you have injured your hand while working, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit due to your company’s negligence – in which case, you’ll need a qualified lawyer. Our talented San Antonio hand injury lawyers have more than a hundred years of combined legal experience. We’re here to discuss the specific details of your accident, help you understand your legal options, and help you get your life back on track.
If you or a loved one in Texas has been injured in an accident that resulted in damage to your hand, finger, thumb, or wrist, call our experienced San Antonio injury lawyers today. Every one of our dedicated team of attorneys is an expert in oil field industry rules and regulations, and they know how to help you build the strongest possible case – and earn the best possible settlement for your hand injuries. The San Antonio oil field injury attorneys of Carabin & Shaw offer free consultations for all new clients, so you have nothing to lose by giving us a call.
Call our San Antonio attorneys anytime at 210-222-2288 or toll-free at 800-862-1260 for your free and confidential consultation, and to find out what range of legal services we can provide for you. For more information on oil and gas accidents, call our attorneys in San Antonio today.