Recent research shows that close to 90% of employers in the oil and gas industry tried to hire 60% more employees in 2018 to maintain staffing levels. Although this type of work offers hefty salaries, oil rig workers face numerous hazards each day that threatens their safety. In this blog, we talk about common injuries and job hazards on oil rigs and what you can do to make your workplace safer.
Burn Injuries & Flammable Gas Accidents
Injuries and fatalities caused by explosions and fire can occur when employees mishandle a variety of hazardous and combustible materials, such as hydrogen sulfide gas. Oil rigs also expose workers to airborne silica and diesel particulate matter, which can damage your skin, eyes, and lungs. Exposure to harmful levels of hazardous materials can result in acute and chronic illnesses and burns.
Burn injuries on oil rigs can be greatly reduced if employers provide workers with adequate training in both equipment use and safety precautions. OSHA recommends employers closely monitor combustible chemicals and implement worker training programs that promote proper head, eye, face, and respiratory protection.
San Antonio Oilfield Accident Attorneys
At The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC, we know that injuries and fatalities occur too frequently in the oil and gas extraction industry. That is why our legal team is here to help clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries while working on oil rigs in Texas. If you or someone you know sustained an injury in an oil rig accident, you should immediately consult with our lawyers to find out how to secure maximum compensation for your damages.