Long Hours. Heavy and dangerous machinery. Combustible and toxic materials. Extreme heat. These are just a few of the factors that make oil and gas extraction one of the most hazardous industries for American workers. The upstream oil and gas industry has the highest rate of severe on-the-job injuries per worker, according to government statistics. More oil and gas workers are killed on the sprawling oilfields of Texas than in any other state, and during one recent five-year period, workers on Texas oil and gas fields suffered 18,000 amputations, broken bones, explosion injuries, burns, cuts, and other injuries.
While working on or around a busy oilfield can be risky, oil companies have an obligation to keep the work environment as safe as possible and to follow all applicable safety rules and regulations. But the desire to extract as much profit as possible from an oilfield can lead companies to cut corners, push workers beyond reasonable limits, and otherwise disregard the safety and well-being of the men and women who make those profits possible. When that happens and workers are hurt or killed, oil companies should be held accountable for their greed and negligence.
Committed to Helping Hardworking Texans Through Difficult Times
The Austin oilfield work injury attorneys at Sandoval James know how hard it can be for oilfield workers when a catastrophic injury upends their lives, keeps them from earning paychecks and supporting their families, and leaves them with debilitating or permanent disabilities. We have seen the challenges faced by families left behind after loved ones lose their lives in avoidable oilfield accidents. With respect for hardworking Texans and a passion for helping them through difficult times, we fight tenaciously to get them the compensation they need to recover and move forward.
Oilfield Workers Face the Risk of Catastrophic Injury or Death Every Day
The very nature of oil and gas extraction makes it a risky proposition for workers even in the safest conditions. The hazards they face are unique, numerous, and particularly likely to cause extreme injuries or death. These dangers include:
- Transportation accidents;
- Insufficiently trained workers;
- Carbon monoxide poisoning;
- Explosions and chemical fires;
- Well blowouts;
- Exposure to and inhalation of sulfur hydroxide fumes;
- Fatigue due to lack of proper rest periods or long shift hours;
- Improperly maintained drills, exploration equipment, and machinery;
- Inadequate safeguards at drilling sites and refinery facilities;
- Lack of safety regulations or emergency protocols;
- Trench collapses; and
- Oil field, pipeline, and refinery fires.
Injured Texas Oilfield Workers Can Turn to Sandoval James for Maximum Compensation
If you’re a Texas oilfield worker who suffered severe injuries while at work, or if you lost a loved one in an oilfield accident, you may be struggling to make sense of what happened. You may not know what to do next or where to turn for answers and help. You shouldn’t face these challenges alone. At Sandoval James, we are steadfast allies for injured Texas oil and gas workers and their families. We work tirelessly to get Texans like you the maximum amount of compensation available for your oilfield injuries or the death of a family member.
To arrange for your free initial consultation with one of our Austin oilfield accident lawyers, call us today at 512-382-7707 or contact us online.