Construction site injuries in San Antonio happen with a frequency that makes it one of the more risky job fields in the city. If you work in a construction related field, consider the following:
- Falls are the most frequent cause of injury.
- 1 in 10 construction workers are injured every year.
- Fall protection guidelines are the most violated of OSHA standards.
- 60% of worksite injuries happen in the first year of employment.
- Close to 16% of all construction injuries are related to exposure.
Of all the types of construction sites posing risks to their workers, oilfield job sites are among the most dangerous. The rate of fatalities from oilfield accidents is disproportionate to all construction fields. For example, there were 142 oilfield fatalities in 2014. This is 3% of all oil and gas workers. That may not sound like a large number, but when you consider the fact that the oil and gas industry employs less than 1% of all workers, then you begin to understand the risks inherent to the oilfield environment.
More and more oil and drilling companies are placing profits over safety. This dangerous policy is causing an increasing number of oilfield accidents across the country. Most of the accidents that are occurring were preventable and occurred because of negligent conduct, inadequate training or experience, improper maintenance, or failure of equipment.
In most cases the injuries that occur in oilfield accidents are unusually severe and result in massive injuries or death. This leaves the injured party incapable of returning to work and earning a livelihood, leaving his family financially devastated.
Despite numerous safety standards and products in place to prevent oil field accidents, oil field workers are suffering on the job injuries at an alarming rate and level of severity. The most common accidents occur as a result of:
- Improperly maintained equipment
- Slips and falls
- Defective machinery
- Pipeline hazards
- Exposure to dangerous fumes
- Tank explosions
- Inadequate safeguards
- Poorly trained workers
When you contact the attorneys at the Carabin & Shaw law firm, we begin the job of determining what went wrong and who is responsible for the accident. In many cases there are numerous contractors and subcontractors involved at the job site who carry varying degrees of responsibility.
An immediate investigation is critical to help overcome some of the obstacles in determining liability. Having an understanding and knowledge of federal and state regulations governing oil fields is foundational when developing a case against all of the third parties who may be responsible for an accident. It’s also important to have someone who knows how to stand up to the attorneys working for the gas and oil companies.
Our lawyers, investigators, and oil field experts in San Antonio will immediately begin an assessment of the oil field, the accident site, begin the process of preserving of evidence, and identifying and questioning critical witnesses. We will aggressively work for you and your family to obtain the damages to which you’re entitled.
The oilfield injury lawyers of Carabin & Shaw represent those that have been injured and killed on oilfield sites in San Antonio as well as other cities across the state of Texas, including:
- Corpus Christi
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- El Paso
If you or a family member has been injured or if you've lost a loved one in an oilfield accident, call on the San Antonio work accident lawyers of Carabin & Shaw. Your first meeting with us is free of charge. We’ll assess your case, discuss your options, and help you decide on the best path forward. As always, we never collect anything unless we win your case.
To schedule an appointment and free consultation in San Antonio with one of our lawyers, call us at 210.222.2288 or toll-free at 1.800.862.1260.