Working in an oil field can be very dangerous. You’re dealing with industrial equipment that can cause severe injuries if they were to malfunction or they are used incorrectly. While this type of work is inherently dangerous, there are things employers should be doing to try and minimize the risk of an accident occurring.
When industry regulations and safety standards are not adhered to, either because the oil drilling company was trying to cut corners or increase their profit margins, it’s the workers who can end up suffering.
Common causes of accidents in oilfields include:
- Neglect by the company
- Fire and explosions
- Equipment failure
- Gas leaks
- Pipeline failures
- Inadequate training
- Insufficient safeguards
- Employee exhaustion
When accidents occur, they can lead to severe injuries including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, serious burns, brain injuries, loss of vision or hearing, chemical burns, and even death. When someone suffers a severe injury, it usually means they face lengthy hospital stays, surgeries, and physical therapy. All of this treatment is incredibly expensive, causing a great deal of mental and emotional stress while the victim is in pain and suffering.
Often in these cases, it’s not just the injured worker who ends up suffering, but also their loved ones. Lost wages and piling medical bills can cause a great deal of stress, but if you then add the stressors of providing home care, you can see how it can be difficult for the whole family.
When you find yourself in this situation, you need help to guide you through the legal process so you can focus on your recovery. A dedicated lawyer can help you hold those at fault accountable so that you receive adequate compensation.