Houston Oil Field Accident Attorney

Oil Rig, Derrick, Drilling & Related Accidents

The greater Houston area is home to a substantial portion of the nation's oil and gas industry. Many Fortune 500 oil companies such as ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil and Shell Oil Company are headquartered in Houston, Texas. As the need for domestic oil increases, so do jobs in this industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oil and gas industry will grow about eight percent from 2010 to 2020. If you are employed in the oil and gas industry, you know that you have one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. If you were injured in an oil field accident, a Houston personal injury lawyer from Stern Law Group is here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

The job of an oil and gas worker is to carry out plans designed by drilling engineers. To do so, they operate machinery like oil rigs, derricks, drills and more. This occupation is heavy on manual labor, and because workers are operating heavy machinery, extreme caution and adherence to regulations must be followed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enact and enforce safety regulations in this industry, as well as investigate accidents when they occur. Stern Law Group helps injured oil and gas workers who are employed as:

  • Roustabouts
  • Derrick operators
  • Service unit operators
  • Rotary drill operators
  • Engine operators
  • Pumpers
  • Gas treater
  • And more!

Statistically, derrick and rotary drill operators are injured at a higher rate than employees in other occupations due to the dangerous nature of the job. Many of these workers also work overtime, increasing exhaustion and potentially increasing the accident risk with it.

OSHA Violations

OSHA is a federal agency- a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor. This agency not only makes and enforces safety regulations, but also investigates accidents when they occur. OSHA does not have the man power to investigate every single accident in the oil and gas industry, and even when they do conduct investigations, OSHA personnel may not arrive to the scene until days after the incident. Oil and gas worksites are most often located in remote areas, which can make it difficult for investigators to learn what actually happened. Employers are required by law to adhere to OSHA regulations, as well as regulations from other agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When they do not, they can be fined and even sued by injured workers.

Common Causes of Oil Field Accidents

Accidents are quite literally lurking around every corner at oil and gas extraction sites. Listed below are some of the most common causes of accidents in this industry:

  • OSHA violations
  • Improper training
  • Gas leaks
  • Falls
  • Explosions
  • Defective machinery
  • & Other unsafe work conditions

Entrust Your Case to a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been injured while working in the oil and gas industry, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits and additional compensation. Employers and other negligent parties should be held accountable for their carelessness or blatant safety violations. As a victim, or the family of a victim, you could recover compensation for medical expenses both present and future, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity and more. Discuss your case with a Houston oil and gas injury attorney from our law firm today to see what you could be entitled to. Initial case evaluations are free, so call today!