Safety Precautions Prevent Daily Oil and Gas Field Injuries, including Explosions
Working in the oil and gas pipeline field is a hazardous occupation. There are a number of dangers that lurk throughout the daily life of an oil and gas worker. Most companies that operate in this area have many safety precautions in place to ensure that their workers stay out of harm's way. In fact, hundreds of thousands of oil and gas workers go to and from work each day without any issues. However, it is when someone either makes a simple mistake, or proper procedures were not followed that can lead to devastating results.
Accident and injuries can happen throughout the process of removing oil or gas from the ground and getting it to the point of consumption. Every day, workers in the industry are working around heavy equipment and dangerous flammables. Most workers in the industry are very skilled and have had years of history in the field. However, all of the experience in the world cannot prevent an accident when they are relying on the actions of other, less experienced co-workers or contract employees.
Common Oil and Gas Worker Injuries Include Broken Bones, Burns and Gashes from Heavy Equipment
We have seen crush injuries and explosion injuries that have directly resulted from the carelessness of others. We have seen broken bones and even loss of limbs due to safety procedures not being put in place.
West Virginia employment and liability laws can be confusing. What happens when a devastating injury occurs in the workplace? Is the injury just a workers compensation issue? Who will be held liable? Were all safety precautions followed? Was a third-party contractor at fault? Who will help the employee or their family get back on their feet? How will the medical bills get covered? All of these questions are important and need answers. Each one can confuse even the most seasoned oil and gas worker and even some attorneys.
What to Do When Injured in an Oil and Gas Field or Wellsite
Over the past few weeks, we have seen a number of oil and gas injuries appear in the news. Unfortunate circumstances caused most of these events; however, when an injury is caused by the negligence of an employer or that of a contracted company, that is when it is critical to speak with someone who is knowledgeable about the law. In the end as a worker in the field, you want to make sure that you and your family is protected and taken care of for years to come. This can only be done by speaking with an experienced attorney that can answer your questions on the next steps to take.