For more than a decade, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experienced
exceptional growth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), the overall workforce doubled in size and the number of drilling
rigs increased by 71 percent from 2003 to 2013.
Unfortunately, these increases correlate with a substantial increase of
oil field and onshore drilling accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Between
2007 and 2012, 663 workers have been killed in the U.S. in oil-related
A study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the fatality rate
for workers in the oil and gas industry is seven times higher than other
industries combined, and injuries are significantly commonplace. In Texas,
the oil industry kills more of its workers than any other.
Common causes of death in onshore oil and gas drilling industry include:
- Struck by equipment or tools
- Run over or crushed by vehicles
- Explosion or fire
- Derrick collapse
- Struck by pressure
Based on an investigation conducted by the Houston Chronicle, the federal
government isn’t doing anything to make the industry any safer.
Although safety regulations and inspections for offshore rigs have greatly
improved after accidents such as 2010’s Deepwater Horizon explosion,
there are no new worker safety measures for onshore oil fields.
Furthermore, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fails
to investigate a vast majority of accidents, only those that involve fatalities
or result in three or more inpatient hospitalizations. In total, that
is 150 out of 18,000 work-related injuries and illnesses in Texas from
2007-2014. This means that 78 percent of those involved safety violations
could have been prevented with proper safety precautions.
The link between the rise of more oil field workers and deaths can be attributed
to new, inexperienced workers entering the industry due to booming production.
During times of high demand, many new workers may not have relevant training
If you are in need of reliable legal guidance with an oil field accident
case, you have come to the right place. For more than a decade, The Law
Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC has been successfully
representing injured individuals across Texas. We are ready and willing
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