Extracting oil and gas is very dangerous work. Employers are expected to
train their employees to work safely and maintain the equipment they use
to perform their job duties. This requires both employers and their employees
to manage the materials that they frequently come into contact with each
day. Because working on an
oilfield requires workers to encounter many different hazards, it is important
to take measures that will reduce the number of fatalities oil fields
see each year. In this blog, we talk about common equipment malfunctions
and what to do to prevent
Causes & Effects of Equipment Malfunction
There are numerous reasons why oilfield equipment might malfunction and
fail. The flowing, are the most common reasons:
- Improper handling of the equipment
- Infrequent or poor maintenance
- In adequate safety inspection
- Metal wearing
- Defects in the equipment’s design
- Manufacturing defect
- Poor training
If the equipment’s failure or malfunction was caused by a defect,
the injured party can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Oilfield workers who end up using defective equipment can suffer catastrophic,
life-altering injuries. Unfortunately, many of the injuries that oilfield
workers experience end up doing permanent damage.
How to Prevent Equipment Injuries
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA),
the following tips can help keep oil and gas workers safe when they are
using or are around heavy equipment:
- Learn about the hazards associated with your work
- Provide and use personal protective equipment
- Create new ways to protect workers
- Train workers about updated safety procedures
Who Is Liable for an Accident Caused by Equipment Failure?
Oil companies are required to maintain and adhere to strict safety regulations
that are designed to protect the health and well-being of workers. Oilfield
workers put their lives on the line to earn a living and are involved
in an industry with many different inherent dangers. All employees are
entitled to work in a safe environment and their employers must uphold
the integrity of the workplace. Employers that fail in this duty can face
serious fines and expensive lawsuits.
If you have been injured at work because of an equipment malfunction or
defect, you have the right to access
workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can be used to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.
In addition to workers comp, you might also be eligible for other forms
of compensation for your injuries and distress.
Contact our San Antonio oilfield accident lawyer
to talk about what we can do for you today.