During a 7-year period, the United States oil and gas extraction industry (onshore and offshore, combined) had a collective fatality rate seven times higher than for all U.S. workers.
The offshore oil industry plays an essential role in our nation’s economy and it employs countless Texans, but this statistic also reminds us of the hazards of this trade. From poor working conditions to defective equipment, every day, maritime workers face dangers.
The top causes of offshore oil rig accidents include:
According to the CDC, transportation events were the leading cause of fatalities. Oil rig workers rely heavily on aircraft to get to rig locations, but mechanical malfunctions and adverse weather conditions can make travel dangerous.
Objects and Equipment Accidents
Workers in this industry must deal with heavy machinery every day, leaving them susceptible to be struck by large objects. Inadequately trained employees also pose a threat to themselves and others when controlling equipment.
Gas Field Explosions and Fires
Due to all the flammable materials aboard, disastrous accidents are likely to occur. In 2010, 11 people lost their lives in the Deepwater Horizon explosion. A bubble of methane gas acted as a catalyst for the event, which resulted in a blowout. Gas and oil explosions can be especially tragic.
Exposure to Dangerous Substances
Workers come into contact with potentially harmful substances and fumes every day, such as drilling fluid, solvents, and production chemicals. Exposure to toxic chemicals can lead to debilitating injuries, terminal illness, and wrongful death.
Slips and Falls
Site managers have a duty to keep decks dry to prevent injuries, but corporations often try to cut corners by forcing employees to work quickly and cheaply.
Enlist the Help of a San Antonio Oil Field Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in an offshore oil rig accident, you can trust The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates to fight hard to recover the damages you deserve. While no amount of money can equal justice, compensation and holding the negligent parties accountable can help.