Oilfields can be very dangerous for the people who work there. When oilfield accidents happen, people in Texas and around the country have relied on the attorneys at Roberts & Roberts to represent their rights. Over the past 25 years, Roberts & Roberts has established a national reputation for representing clients in significant personal injury matters, including injuries related to oilfield accidents.
If you have been seriously injured in a Texas oilfield accident, you need the experienced personal injury lawyers at Roberts & Roberts on your side. Contact us now at 903-597-6000 or 888-211-1233 or fill out our online form. The call costs you nothing … and it could mean everything.
We serve clients in Waco, Beaumont, Lufkin, Texarkana, Tyler, Longview, Huntsville, Nacogdoches, Greenville, Paris, Corsicana, Marshall, Palestine, Mount Pleasant and Sulphur Springs, as well as throughout East Texas and across the state.
The firm has been featured on dozens of television programs, including Fox and Friends, ABC Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NBC’s Dateline. Our Texas accident lawyers have also been featured in national magazines, including Time and Newsweek.
What We Do For You
If you or a loved one has been injured in an oilfield accident, the attorneys and staff at Roberts & Roberts can help.
- We can help you get the medical treatment you need to get better.
- We can help you recover your lost wages.
- For those who have more serious injuries or may even have lost a loved one as a result of an oilfield accident, Roberts & Roberts has a team of experts ready to assist you in holding any at-fault third parties accountable.
Most of the personal injury attorneys at Roberts & Roberts are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Learn more about What We Do For You.
About Texas Oilfield Accidents
Oilfield operations can be hazardous. In order to maintain a safe work environment, many different employees, companies, equipment and tools must all be carefully selected, scheduled, planned, used and coordinated.
Unfortunately, safety is not the only concern in the oilfield. Oilfields must also be productive. Sometimes, this quest for higher production can lead to unsafe working conditions and practices. Through their negligence or lack of knowledge of the jobsite, suppliers and contractors can make the hazards inherently present on oilfield jobsites much worse. This can cause serious and fatal injuries.
Workers in oil and gas extraction face an occupational fatality rate about eight times higher than the average rate for workers across all segments. However, they also have a non-fatal injury rate that is below the national average, according to statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Those figures indicate that oilfield accidents usually result in severe injuries when they happen.
Workers in some segments of the oil and gas extraction industry face higher injury rates than others. For example, those involved in drilling have a non-fatal injury rate of 5.4 per 100 workers, whereas the injury rate for workers in support activities related to oil and gas extraction is 3.0. The overall injury rate for oil and gas extraction work is 2.0 per 100 workers, according to data from NIOSH.
Fatality and injury rates fluctuate with the amount of drilling activity. NIOSH reports that the reason for spikes in death and injury rates during drilling booms could be because there are more inexperienced workers on the jobsite, all workers are pulling longer shifts with fewer days off and companies use all available rigs, including older ones with less safety equipment.
Common Causes of Texas Oilfield Accidents
NIOSH statistics reveal that motor vehicle accidents were the top cause of fatal workplace accidents in the oil and gas extraction sector, followed closely by workers being struck by tools or equipment. Getting caught in machinery or tools and falls to lower levels were also common accidents.
Oilfields can be a very dangerous place to work if proper training, inspections, maintenance and precautions are not in place to keep all workers safe. Heavy equipment, heights, hazardous materials, heavy loads and workers performing many different tasks at the same time contribute to the hazardous nature of work in an oilfield.
Some of the most frequently seen types of oilfield injuries come from:
- Well blowouts;
- Rigs or other equipment collapsing;
- Slip-and-falls on greasy work platforms;
- Explosions and fires;
- Exposure to toxic fumes;
- Falling tools or other objects;
- Falls from heights;
- Defective tools or equipment;
- Drill bits that give off shrapnel;
- Improperly maintained equipment, especially tongs;
- Improper use of an air hoist to lift materials or personnel;
- Inadequate safety training;
- Failure to lock out and tag out equipment under repair;
- Defective or improperly fitted safety harnesses or slings; and
Oilfield worksites are regulated by several authorities, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas. If a responsible party failed to adhere to those regulations and you got hurt, they could be held liable for your injuries.
Do I Need A Lawyer To Handle My Oilfield Accident Case?
Because most oilfield accidents result in serious injuries, it is highly advisable to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney. At Roberts & Roberts, the initial consultation is always free. There is never a charge unless we are successful and obtain compensation for you.
In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, you might also be able to recover from a third party (not your employer) if they were negligent in causing your accident. A skilled Texas oilfield accident attorney like those at Roberts & Roberts can thoroughly analyze your case and find every potential source of recovery to ensure you get the full compensation you deserve.