Tragedy struck Midland County when an oil-field worker (roughneck) was
found dead earlier this year. The worker was identified as Paul Stuart,
who was working alone on a drilling rig. His body was found near County
Roads 170 and 1110.
One of the things that makes a roughneck’s job more dangerous is
working alone. Mr. Stuart fell into a spool of cable and got tangled in
the cords. He was only in his 20s.
According to former roughneck Rafael Estrada, working near or on a drilling
rig is one of the most dangerous jobs in the industry. Likewise, while
Stuart was likely advised not to work alone, many in the field do their
jobs by themselves, as working with dangerous equipment solo is not that uncommon.
Additionally, these workers sometimes work 24-hour shifts, which increase
their chances of making mistakes. All crews should be working together
and ensuring their paying attention to their surroundings. Working the
oilfields is a dangerous job that requires vigilant team members who know
exactly what they’re doing.
OSHA was in the process of investigating Mr. Stuart’s death, and
it’s unclear whether the agency will be facing repercussions for
workplace safety violations.
If you or a loved one was harmed working as a roughneck in the field, you
deserve compensation. Talk to our about your case as soon as possible.
He has more than a decade of experience helping Texas workers and their
families seek compensation for injuries or illnesses sustained on the job.
The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC is proud to offer skilled and tenacious representation. Let us see what
we can do for you and your family.
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