Texas leads the nation in both oil and natural gas production, making our state the biggest source in the country of some of the most valuable commodities in the world.
The oilfields in Texas are home to big business. In this environment, time is money, and oil businesses are constantly looking for ways to cut costs on day-to-day operations. The workers in Texas oilfields know this fact all too well. They work incredibly long hours in less-than-optimal conditions and, unfortunately, they too often find that their work environments see some of the most dangerous work conditions in the country.
Featured Article: Shedding Light on Oil and Gas Worker Injuries
It’s widely known that jobs in the oil and gas industry are dangerous. Many of the workplace hazards facing oil and gas workers stem from the nature of the job. The environment is particularly grueling. It includes long shifts, extreme weather conditions, and the regular use of heavy, dangerous equipment. It’s not surprising that there are a high number of injuries in the oil and gas sector.
But the dangers associated with oil and gas aren’t just attributable to the demands of the job. Unfortunately, this sector is prone to a set of hazards that point to a lack of accountability, a lack of oversight and, too often, a systematic failing of the safety culture among oil and gas businesses.One of the strongest indicators that this industry fails its employees when it comes to safety is the overwhelming lack of information regarding worker injuries, which creates a shroud of mystery surrounding the details of so many injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas sector. In other words, what we don’t know is just as alarming as what we do know...
The Texas oilfield injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks help workers who have suffered injuries at their workplace. Our firm will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Dangers to Workers in Texas Oilfields
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that between 2003 and 2010, oil and gas extraction workers were killed at a rate seven times that of workers in all U.S. industries. Since that time, new technologies and discoveries of vast oil reserves have set the stage for even bigger business for oil companies, and workers continue to suffer serious injuries in our oilfields.
Some of the most common dangerous events that can occur in the sector include:
- Transportation accidents (vehicle accidents)
- Being struck by or against an object
- Fires and explosions
- Chemical exposure.
What We Don’t Know…
For all of the things that we know about how dangerous oil-extraction jobs can be, there is so much that we don’t know. As the Houston Chronicle reported in 2014, a number of oilfield injuries go unreported in Texas. The government agencies that are required to oversee workplace safety have only a small number of inspectors compared to the high number of workplaces that desperately need safety inspections. It is often up to the companies themselves to report injuries among workers, and the public’s access to these records is limited.
In other words, the statistics on injuries in oil and gas extraction provide only a glimpse into the hazardous working conditions facing oilfield workers in Texas. It is clear, however, that workers are subjected to lengthy shifts, often in grueling weather conditions, using equipment that can be extremely dangerous. This can be a perilous and sometimes lethal combination for oilfield workers.
Injuries Suffered by Oilfield Workers in Texas
From explosions to faulty equipment, the hazards in our oilfields can cause workers many different types of injuries, including:
Our oil and gas workers are sometimes hired as independent contractors, making compensation for workplace injuries more complicated. This makes life even more difficult for workers who encounter medical bills, lost income, diminished work capacity, ongoing treatments for injuries, and incredible pain and suffering.
Workers Have Rights
Every worker in the United States has the right to a safe workplace. This might seem like little comfort to the many workers who suffer devastating workplace injuries every year, but it does mean that they can pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered.
The Dallas oilfield injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks are here to help our clients get the payments they deserve. Whether you have been offered compensation that doesn’t fully cover the costs of your injury or your employer is denying payment entirely, we will fight for you to make sure your rights are protected.
Guajardo & Marks offer free consultations, and we earn no fee unless we win. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.