Texas Oilfield Accidents and Explosions | Oilfield Injury Attorneys
Many citizens of Andrews, Texas are also employees of the plentiful West Texas oil fields in the area. There are now at least a dozen oil rigs in the area and this number is likely to continue increasing. These commercial oilfields have offered an increase of employment in the community, but this employment comes with many risks involved.
If you work on an oilfield, you are at risk for many potential workplace injuries. The risk is especially high in Texas, where nearly 64% of all oilfield workplace fatalities occurred in 2017 (the latest data available from the CDC). Oilfield workplace injuries often result in serious injury or even, tragically, death.
The Andrews work injury lawyers of Carabin Shaw know that the process of seeking litigation for a workplace injury is often complex—the last thing you and your family want to handle while you are recovering from a serious workplace injury. If you are dealing with the aftermath of an oilfield work injury, contact a Texas oilfield injury attorney immediately in order to begin the process of compiling the most effective work accident claim possible.Common Causes of Texas Oilfield Accidents and Explosions
There are varying levels of risk while working on an oilfield, but many workplace injuries have similar causes. The following is a general guide to the most common causes of oilfield accidents and explosions:
- Oil. The nature of oil itself can often be a cause of workplace injury. Oil is highly flammable and can lead to hazardous explosions and fires. It is also incredibly slippery and can lead to slips and falls causing head trauma and other injury.
- Heavy machine malfunction. If you or your colleagues have not been provided proper training to operate heavy machinery, this can have devastating consequences. Likewise, if your employer has out of date machinery or improperly installed machinery, there can be dangerous malfunctions. Make sure to report any failure to provide adequate training to your accident lawyer.
- OSHA violations. OSHA has guidelines for a reason—if your employer fails to follow any of them, there can be devastating consequences. If you notice any OSHA violations at your workplace, you should contact an attorney.
- Slips and falls. As stated earlier, the presence of oil can make surfaces incredibly slick. Slips and falls are the most common form of oilfield workplace accidents, and though they may seem relatively innocuous only because they are so common, they can have damaging effects such as broken bones, fractures, and even head and spinal trauma.
- Fire or gas leak explosions. The conditions of an oilfield are extremely flammable, and oil burns can lead to serious injuries, disfigurement, or fatality. Your employer should make sure that all safety guidelines are being observed.
Keep careful records of the conditions of your workplace accident and the extent of your injuries—both immediately and complications that manifest over time—to share with your lawyer. Andrews accident lawyers will help you to determine if any of the above causes of your workplace accident could constitute negligence on the part of your employer.Andrews Work Injury Lawyers at Carabin Shaw
If you are an oilfield worker who has been injured by the too common Texas oilfield accidents and explosions, contact a Carabin Shaw Texas oilfield injury attorney to see if you are eligible to seek compensation for your damages. Our firm has years of experience in representing Andrews, Texas workers—we represent you, not the interests of your employer.
If you would like to speak with our experienced Andrews accident lawyers, call toll-free today at 1-800-862-1260 for your no cost, no obligation initial consultation. If you or your family are at risk for contracting COVID-19 from the novel coronavirus, we now offer video conferencing options so that you may speak with an attorney safely.