Texans are proud of laying claim to being #1 in many different areas, but there is one area in which they would prefer to be last: oil worker deaths. Between the years of 2008-2012, oil worker deaths actually rose 3.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Texas was the leader in the number of oil worker deaths, claiming 40% of the total, or an annual average for Texas of between 2-300 annual deaths.
Serious injuries number in the thousands, including amputations, broken and crushed bones and catastrophic burns. While many workers heal and return to work, too many others are never able to. The very good salaries attract many young, healthy men – the group most likely to be in an accident. Many of these workers found that working with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston TX was key to their financial recovery.
When the oil industry is booming and schedules are tight, safety regulations might be disregarded. Workers can feel pressure to work too many hours or with defective equipment. Government inspections may be cursory or not at all. Offshore drilling has actually become safer than onshore drilling since the terrible accident at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010 which killed 11 workers. After the accident, offshore oil and gas safety rules were tightened. Many believe that the same attention should be paid to onshore drilling, which kills and injures many more workers, but generally only one at a time.
Most oil field deaths are preventable, caused by safety violations. Fatigue and inadequate training are often found to be involved. Some workers believe that worker’s compensation will take care of everything, but in many cases a third party holds some responsibility for the accident. An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston TX will analyze an accident and determine the best manner in which to proceed, for the benefit of the client.
Ryan A. DeHoyos and Kevin J. Connolly, at the law firm of DeHoyos & Connolly, PLLC, have substantial in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry. Each Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston TX has a tactical advantage when handling cases involving the oil and gas industry. Anyone who has been injured in an oil field accident or who has lost a loved one in such an accident should contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston TX to discuss their situation and learn about the available options.