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Texas Oil Boom Causes Rise in Accidental Deaths

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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:

  • Explosions
  • Equipment failure
  • Human Error
  • Electrocutions
  • 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!

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