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How Oilfield Boom Increases Risk of Injuries and Fatalities

by Internet TeamInternet Team

Posted on July 15, 2019

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During 2003-2013, the oil and gas extraction industry in the United States experienced unprecedented growth, thereby increasing the number of drilling rigs and doubling the size of employees. However, the pressure of production during the time of boom ends up putting workers at a greater risk of deadly injuries and death.

As per the data provided by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,566 workers died in the oil and drilling industry in 2012.


Despite All Risks Involved, Oilfield Industry Continues To Flourish

Due to the inherent risks prevalent in oilfields, injuries, deaths, and occupational illnesses keep rising. In fact, the rise in work-related injuries and deaths has prompted others to question the underlying cause.


Factors Causing Workplace Injuries and Deaths in Oil Sector

Though a boom in the oil industry has been beneficial to the economy, unfortunately there were 65 recorded deaths between 2007 and 2012. Some of the common causes of oilfield injuries and deaths include:

  • Gas explosion and massive fire
  • Equipment failure
  • Slip and fall
  • Contractor negligence
  • Pipeline explosion


Oilfield accidents result in catastrophic consequences such as:

  • Electrocution
  • Loss Of Limbs
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Damage to Internal Organs
  • Broken Neck


Surprisingly, most of these injuries and damage are preventable. In fact, oilfield employers should always be doing their utmost to ensure enhanced safety at job sites.


We Are Here To Help

Unfortunately, oilfield companies do not care when employees are injured. Lack of effective government regulations coupled with careless attitude toward employees often results in fatal accidents and injuries. Fortunately, our personal injury attorneys in Midland Odessa at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have represented numerous families for oilfield-related injuries and deaths. The veteran injury attorneys in Midland & Odessa understand the operation of rigs and easily obtain an effective compensation for injuries and damage.


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