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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, [...]

The Facts Behind Texas Oilfield Accidents

The Basics of Texas Oilfield Accidents

Oilfield accidents are well known for being extremely dangerous, and resulting accident claims are often complicated. It’s common for major players in the industry to argue that their fields are not a hazard. Here’s the truth about oilfield accidents and their resulting injuries.  Accident Statistics from the Oilfield Here are some statistics and other facts that you should know about oilfield accidents in the US: From 2008 to 2017, there were 1,566 reported oilfield fatalities in the oil and gas drilling industry [...]

The 5 Most Common Oil & Gas Injuries

KMCO Plant Explosion & Common Explosion Injuries

Plant explosions have the potential to cause devastating injuries to workers and those living or working in the local community. Injuries suffered in a plant explosion are often related to extreme heat, and explosions can create temperatures approaching or even exceeding thousands of degrees. These temperatures are so high that they can essentially vaporize anything around them. Sadly for humans close to the explosion, death can occur.  KMCO Plant Explosion in Crosby In April 2019, there was a devastating plant explosion [...]

Watson Grinding Refinery Explosion in Houston

Watson Grinding Refinery Explosion in Houston

Plant and refinery explosions are often complicated, requiring extensive investigations by experts in refinery operations. These investigations look into many factors, including: What caused the accident?  Did it happen due to faulty equipment?  Was it caused by an OSHA violation?  Was the negligence of a contractor or third-party maintenance concern involved? As an accident victim or family member of a victim, you deserve experienced and knowledgable legal representation in order to fully recover.  Watson Grinding Plant Explosion Tragically Kills Employees The explosion at Watson Grinding & [...]

Key Steps to Take After an Oil Rig Accident

Key Steps to Take After an Oil Rig Accident

Notify Your Employer of the Incident In some cases, an oilfield accident might be evident to your employer. Employers will often take immediate notice of explosions, fires, and other events that result in serious injury or death. Employers, however, do not always know of other injuries suffered by workers out on the rig. For instance, working on an oil rig usually requires heavy lifting of pipes, tools, and other items. If an employer does not provide the proper equipment needed [...]

Important Things to Know About Oil Rig Accidents

Important Things to Know About Oil Rig Accidents

Leading Causes of Texas Oil Rig Injuries Explosions and fires are the cause of many injuries and deaths on oil rigs, but transportation and equipment accidents are actually much more common. Let’s take a closer look at these three causes. Commuting and Transportation Incidents. Transportation to and from a rig can be a complex process involving multiple forms of transport. The helicopters and boats used to ferry workers to the rig are at risk of mechanical failures. Also, some workers have [...]