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40% of Oilfield Deaths Occur in Texas

While the oil boom in Texas has created thousands of jobs, it has also brought with it a staggering increase in the number of oilfield deaths. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas accounted for roughly 40 percent of the 663 total workers killed in nationwide oilfield accidents that occurred in the United States from 2007 to 2012. Unfortunately, injury claims, public records, and government data show that the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures in the region since the onshore drilling and fracking boom began in 2007.

An investigation conducted by the Houston Chronicle revealed that a lack of government inspections and substandard practices by oil and gas companies led to a substantial increase in deaths and accidents. In 2012 alone, the study showed that 79 people suffered amputations, 82 people were crushed to death, 92 suffered burns, and a staggering 675 broke bones in oilfield accidents, along with a 10-year high of 65 deaths – a more than 60% increase over 2011’s numbers.

Despite these shocking numbers, federal authorities have failed to implement any meaningful safety standards for onshore drilling for more than 22 years, in contrast to the widespread improvements that followed the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill which claimed the lives of 11 individuals and blackened the Gulf Coast.

Unfortunately, legislators and government officials have paid little attention to onshore drilling safety. As such, onshore drilling still uses certain techniques, equipment, and practices that were eliminated years ago in offshore operations. Likewise, despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) repeated statements that they would “prioritize” oilfield accidents, its decades-old safety procedures have yet to be updated.

Midland Oilfield Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in an oilfield accident, you may have grounds to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim with the assistance of a skilled Odessa personal injury attorney from Dean Law Firm. Having represented the rights of injured oil workers for more than two decades, we understand the laws and regulations that influence your situation and can use our knowledge to fight for full compensation on your behalf.

Call (432) 214-8125 or schedule a no-cost, no-obligation case review today to get started.

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