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Houston Refinery Accidents Caused by Lack of Training

Houston Refinery Accidents Caused by Lack of Training

Refineries are an important part of the energy production process, but not all refineries have safe operating procedures in place.  Refinery accidents are known to result in catastrophic injuries, but they can be avoided with employees receive proper training.  These facilities have a responsibility to ensure that all employees have a clear understanding of the equipment they use, the chemicals they handle, and the potential hazards of combustion.  Refiners can potentially reduce the risk of accidents and workplace injuries by ensuring that [...]

Walking While Texting Injuries Are on the Rise in Texas

Walking While Texting Injuries Are on the Rise in Texas

Over the past twenty years, emergency room visits caused by smartphone-related injuries have risen dramatically, according to multiple studies. The overwhelming majority of victims were individuals in their teens and 20s. Distracted driving, walking, and texting accidents were the primary causes of these accidents and their resulting injuries. Those injured in a crash should contact a Houston car accident attorney in order to recover lost compensation for their injuries.  Injury Statistics for Distracted Smartphone Use Statistics from the National Safety Council [...]

Dealing with the Insurance Company After a Texas Car Crash

Dealing with the Insurance Company After a Texas Car Crash

In a usual car crash case, the injured party will be contacted by the insurance provider of the liable party soon after the collision. The insurance adjuster will try to gather information regarding the extent of the victim’s damages and start negotiating a settlement. It is common for insurance companies to attempt to deny coverage entirely. When the injured party has suffered significant damages, this can be catastrophic.  The Importance of Having an Experienced Houston Personal Injury Lawyer When a settlement [...]

Houston Oilfield Accidents Due to Defective Equipment

Houston Oilfield Accidents Due to Defective Equipment

The oil and gas extraction industry is incredibly dangerous for workers. Employers have a responsibility to train employees to work safely, maintain their equipment, and manage the materials their workers come into contact with each day. Understanding these risks and training workers can prevent them can reduce the rate of injuries and deaths experienced in the oilfield.  There are some rules and regulations from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration meant to safeguard the health and safety of oil and [...]

Injuries From Drilling Accidents & Blowouts

Injuries From Drilling Accidents & Blowouts

Blowouts, once referred to as “gushers,” are caused by drilling into high-pressure zones. If the pressure is not relieved, uncontrolled oil or gas can rush up the well, resulting in serious injuries or death.  Our Houston oilfield injury lawyers understand blowout injury cases. We have represented oil and gas workers in the past after they were seriously injured in a blowout. Drilling for oil and natural gas is a dangerous job. We have seen many cases and know that blowouts [...]

Houston Oilfield Accidents Due to Defective Equipment

What Causes Houston Oil & Gas Accidents

Skilled Attorneys Helping Those Injured In Gas Explosions & Oilfield Accidents Personal injury lawyers with experience in court will often talk about holding people or corporations accountable for negligence. Negligence is fairly simple; it just means that the poor behavior of another party fell below acceptable standards and contributed to your injuries. In the oil and gas field, negligence can be the result of a company’s complete disregard for proper safety measures. When proper precautions are not in place, gas [...]

Injuries From Drilling Accidents & Blowouts

Improper Training Can Lead to Oil Refinery Accidents

Refineries are an important part of the energy production industry in Texas. However, not all refineries have safe operating procedures in place. Refinery accidents are known to cause catastrophic injuries, but they can be prevented when employees receive proper training.  These facilities are liable for ensuring that all employees have a full understanding of the equipment they use, the chemicals they are handling, and the potential hazards of combustion on the job site.  Refiners can reduce the risks of accidents and worker [...]

Texas Oil Truck Accidents

Texas Oil Truck Accidents

Liability & Truck Accidents Oil and gas drilling is a massive industry in Texas which brings with it a greater number of trucks on the state’s roadways. In order to reduce the number of fatalities and severe injuries caused by crashes involving trucks and smaller passenger cars, trucking companies and their drivers are required to adhere to a set of state and federal regulations, including:  Trucking companies are required to hire qualified truck drivers and provide them with adequate training Drivers are [...]

The 5 Most Common Oil & Gas Injuries

The 5 Most Common Oil & Gas Injuries

Slip & Falls Slip and falls are the leading workplace accident internationally, but working with oil can greatly increase the chances of suffering a slip and fall injury on the job. Oil is a significant slip-hazard because its molecules slide on top of one another with little to no friction. This makes the oil very runny and slippery, regardless of the surface it is on. Dirt, concrete, grass, and other terrains can be unable to make oil spills a non-slipping [...]

Houston Oilfield Accidents Due to Defective Equipment

Is Workers’ Comp the Only Option After an Oilfield Accident?

Long hours, exhausting and demanding work in extreme heat, large and dangerous machinery. Highly combustible and toxic chemicals. These are just some of the risks faced by oilfield workers on a daily basis. They are hazards that make oil and gas extraction one of the most dangerous industries in the country. In fact, the oil and gas industry has the highest rate of catastrophic workplace injuries per worker, according to statistics from the U.S. government.  With the exception of those [...]