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The Dangers of Oil Rig Falls

The Dangers of Oil Rig Falls

Dealing with the Aftermath of an Oil Rig Accident Workers laboring on an oil and gas drilling or exploration site find themselves performing many tasks — often from elevated heights. Falls are one of the leading causes of death in the oil and gas industry. If the owner or operator of the site fails to take proper measures to provide for worker safety, they can be placed in danger of suffering serious injuries due to a fall from a rig [...]

Offshore Explosion Accidents in Houston

Offshore Explosion Accidents in Houston

There are very few things about working on an offshore oil rig that isn’t hazardous. More than the fact that riggers are working in excessively deep water in comparative solitude, these workers are also handling heavy equipment, hazardous materials, and many other potential dangers. There are many things that can and do go wrong, but one of the largest dangers faced by workers is the risk of offshore explosions on oil rigs.  Many people remember the accident that happened five [...]

Why Oil Rig Workers Are At Greater Risk of Workplace Accidents

Why Oil Rig Workers Are at Greater Risk of Workplace Accidents

If you or any of your loved ones work in the oil and gas industry, you’re probably familiar with just how dangerous the line of work can be. There are many lucrative job opportunities available in the oil filed, but it’s also one of the most dangerous jobs for personal injury.  There are many lines of work in the oil rig industry. Your specific duties, the conditions, and any other issues all determine how great of a risk you may [...]

The Risks of Dangerous Oil Rig Falls

The Risks of Dangerous Oil Rig Falls

Drilling gigs can lead to serious falls. These accidents don’t often result in dramatic headlines like pipeline explosions or gas leaks, but slip and falls from an oil rig or off a platform can still result in very serious injuries and even death. These injuries can sometimes be temporary, but in serious cases, permanent. Regardless, dangerous falls from oil rigs can potentially be prevented if employers take necessary safety measures.  We Know How to Handle Dangerous Fall Cases The founder of [...]

Common Injuries in the Oil & Gas Industry

Common Injuries in the Oil & Gas Industry

In the oil and gas extraction industry, transportation accidents are the leading cause of deadly workplace injuries. In 2011, these accidents were responsible for nearly 50 percent of the industry’s workplace fatalities. The next most common accident involves workers being struck by an object or piece of equipment, accounting for 26 fatalities in 2011. Fires and explosions resulted in another 12 deaths that same year.  The leading non-fatal injuries in the oil industry include: Lacerations Fractures and broken bones Burns Internal or external chemical [...]

The Facts Behind Texas Oilfield Accident Settlements

The Facts Behind Texas Oilfield Accident Settlements

The laws governing oilfield accidents are complicated, and these accidents have a reputation for being extremely dangerous. Major players in the industry will try to argue that their oilfield is dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about oilfield accidents and the injuries that result from them.  OSHA, Claims, & Oilfield Safety OSHA is the agency that regulates and penalizes oil companies that cause accidents and injuries. In many cases, OSHA doesn’t work in the interest of the injured employee. The [...]

Who Is at Fault After an Oilfield Accident?

Who Is at Fault After an Oilfield Accident?

After suffering injuries while working on an oil rig, there are some possible options regarding financial compensation for your losses. Workers usually will file a claim for workers’ compensation after an on-the-job accident. In Texas, workers comp provides benefits that can cover your medical costs and some of your lost income.  What If My Employer Doesn’t Carry Workers’ Comp Coverage? Employers in Texas are not mandated to provide workers’ comp. If your oil and gas employer lacks worker’s comp coverage, then [...]

I Was Injured in an Oilfield Accident | Can I Sue?

I Was Injured in an Oilfield Accident. Can I Sue?

When an oilfield worker is injured on the job, he or she may be eligible to pursue financial compensation for their damages. Most oilfield workers in Texas can recover the money they need by filing a workers’ compensation claim. This will allow the injured party to get money to cover medical bills and some of their lost income quickly, without having to through the process to establish liability.  These benefits may not always be enough to meet the needs of [...]

Protecting Oil & Gas Workers From Death, Serious Injury

Protecting Oil & Gas Workers From Death, Serious Injury

Oil and gas workers in the great state of Texas face significant dangers in the workplace, some of which can result in death or serious injuries. In order to combat the potential risk of physical harm out on the oil field, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has imposed strict drilling and servicing safety regulations on employers in the industry. However, accidents still happen, and many workers are left with serious injuries as a result. Connolly Law has experience helping [...]

Texas Oilfield Accidents

Texas Oilfield Accidents

Oilfield Injuries At any stage of the oil and gas extraction process, non-fatal oilfield injuries can happen for many reasons. In Texas alone, the Texas Railroad Commission controls the issuing of permits and citing violations, and the TRC finds tens of thousands of violations each year. These violations endanger workers. Oilfield accidents are often the result of these violations, which include oilfield equipment, vehicles, pipelines, storage, and other areas.  Some of the more severe oilfield accidents involve hazardous chemicals, electrified equipment, [...]