While Texas’s recent oil boom has created thousands of jobs, the
increase in oil production has had an unintended human cost. Since 2010,
270 Texas oil workers have died in fatal work-related accidents, with
most of them being young men. According to the United States Bureau of
Labor Statistics, half of the nation’s oil field deaths last year
occurred in Texas, surpassing any other state.
A large portion of these deaths have occurred within Eagle Ford Shale region
of Texas, a nearly 400-mile-long patch of land that began being drilled
in 2008. It is estimated that at least 34 of lasts year’s deaths
occurred within the area, with eight people killed in a single explosion.
Yet another tragic example involves the deaths of three members of the
same family who died in a fire sparked while maintaining an oil well.
These accidents have been a result of several mishaps, including:
- Equipment failure
- Human Error
- Being crushed
- Severe burns
It is believed that long hours and repetitive tasks contribute to the possibility
of accidents, as workers get tired and careless. Only a split second of
lost concentration can lead to an accident, requiring constant attentiveness
to ensure safe operation. Still, the nature of this occupation exposes
workers to a high risk of involvement in a work-related accident.
These incidents have become common within the industry, with the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doing relatively little to crack
down on safety standards. According to a 1991 cap set by Congress, fines
can total up to a maximum of $70,000 for a willful violation, though this
requires that considerable evidence be present to prove that a company
knowingly disobeyed safety guidelines. In reality, these penalties often
get whittled down to far smaller numbers once companies protest, forcing
OSHA to negotiate for a settlement.
Contact Dean Law Firm Today!
If your loved one has unfortunately lost their life in an oilfield accident,
an attorney from Dean Law Firm can help you seek damages for your family’s
suffering by filing a
wrongful death suit on your behalf. Our skilled Midland oilfield accident lawyers have
more than 20 years of
personal injury experience and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. With
compassionate representation and a commitment to preserving your rights,
we can help you get through this difficult time and increase your chances
of securing a desirable outcome.
Take the first steps toward seeking the compensation you deserve by
requesting a free case evaluation or by calling our office at (432) 214-8125 today!