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    Though Texas has been an oil and gas hub for long, the drilling boom that has currently spread across the state including Midland & Odessa is unprecedented. The frenzy gripping the oil economy is very different now, especially after Donald Trump took over as President. New developments in the area of shale gas extraction has changed the game completely. Oil rigs are awash with natural gas and petroleum, and companies have doubled their output compared to four years ago. The rig count is increasing and in the oil and gas industry, a higher rig count is a sign of oil boom and a corresponding rise in the demand for oil workers. Experts believe that the production may double again by 2023. But all this has a flipside as well. The number of people suffering injury and death in oilfields has increased over the years.

    Midland & Odessa contributes a large number of workforce to the oil and gas industry in Texas. But it has also seen a staggering increase in the number of accidents and deaths in oilfield-related incidents.

    Safety Issues in Oilfields

    Though the oil economy in Texas is booming, companies often tend to ignore safety standards in their quest for profits. Safety violations are not unusual in oil rigs. The US Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that almost 11,000 safety violations occurred in oil rigs between 2008 and 2017 with 64 percent classified as “serious” in nature. As a result, the number of workers injured or killed in the oil industry is growing, especially in the Permian Basin of West Texas. 

    It is a bitter reality of the oil and gas industry that not enough has been done about the safety and well-being of oilfield workers. Though OSHA rules exist, their enforceability has been weak in Texas. Many oilfield workers still lack access to a safe and healthy work environment despite several rules and regulations protecting their interests. 

    Types of Oilfield Accidents

    Some of the most common types of oilfield accidents are:

    Fires and Explosions

    Workers are exposed to flammable gases, toxic vapors released from tanks, shale shakers, trucks, generators, and wells. The risk of fires and explosions rises due to faulty operation of welding and cutting tools, open flames, electrical sources, and when workers come in the contact of hot surfaces.

    Fires and Explosions


    Falls have been the biggest cause of accidents and deaths in the oil and gas industry. Risk from fall increases when the location is high from the ground. Falls from drilling platforms often result in serious and life-threatening injuries. Falls among workers constitute 44% of the total fatalities in oil rigs. Most of these fatal falls occur while removing or inserting a drill pipe into a wellbore during oil extraction.

    Slip Fall

    Well Blowout

    Well blowout refers to the uncontrolled release of crude oil or gas during the drilling process. It is caused by the failure of the pressure control systems in wells. An accident may happen due to a spark or unwanted contact with an ignition source, resulting in a catastrophic fire. A lot of people suffer serious injuries and even die from well blowouts in oilfields.

    Well Blowout

    Fracking Accidents

    Hydraulic fracturing has changed the face of the oil and gas industry in the US, but the high-pressure injection of water or a fluid mixture into a borehole through cracks in deep-rock segmentations is inherently dangerous. It often results in chemical spills at fracking sites resulting in devastating injuries.

    Fracking Accidents

    Heavy Equipment Failure

    Drilling, pulling pipes, mud mixing and various other activities involve operating heavy equipment. Failure of these heavy equipment may result in minor or serious injuries. Such failure may occur due to various reasons such as improperly trained or inexperienced hands, mechanical failures, ignoring safety instructions, or inadequate maintenance. Failures may also occur due to a manufacturing defect in the equipment.  

    Heavy Equipment Failure

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    Why Hire Us?

    Receiving compensation in injuries or death in the oil and gas industry is not easy. It requires a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of personal injury laws in the state of Texas as well as a good understanding of the OSHA guidelines that govern occupational safety in the oil and gas industry. These guidelines mention mandatory standards to be followed with respect to the physical work environment such as stairways, scaffolds, vehicle-mounted work platforms, specifications required to prevent accidents, eye and face protection standards, exposure to toxic gases, and various other things. Here are some important reasons why the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess is your best bet when it comes to an oilfield accident injury:

    • Our team of oilfield accident attorneys in Midland & Odessa have in-depth knowledge of industry regulations and possess good procedural know how of such cases. Our solicitors are well-versed in handling complicated workplace safety laws and regulations to protect workers. They have the resources and experience to defend your rights against infringement by big multinational corporations.


    • Our legal team has an enviable track record in handling oilfield accident claims whether they relate to onshore or offshore rigs. Offshore accidents often involve overlapping jurisdictions and regulations and only an experienced attorney can ensure that you get a favorable settlement.

    In case you or a family member has suffered injury in an oilfield accident, consult an experienced attorney for proper guidance.  At the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we are always ready to fight on your behalf and help you receive the maximum settlement amount.

    Don’t Delay! Call Clay! Contact us to get your case evaluated by a competent team of attorneys.

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