Inexperienced/improperly trained workers

Inexperienced/improperly trained workers

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Inexperienced/improperly trained workers

Failure to provide adequate safety training to oilfield employees is one of the most common causes of oilfield accidents and injuries. If an oilfield employee brings unintended harm to his co-workers, he is labeled as reckless, inattentive, and irresponsible. But it could also be the case that the employee never received any proper safety training.

Inexperienced or poorly trained workers are a danger to themselves as well as their co-workers. Proper training is the only way to improve performance and avert any injury.

Here are some of the ways in which poor training or failure to observe safety procedures may lead to accidents on the oil rig:

  • Inadequate supervision: 

When a new employee starts work after training, it’s imperative for his supervisors to keep a close watch. If he performs any action that risks the safety and well-being of the employee or co-workers, it must be checked immediately.


  • Lack of clear information concerning the risks: 

Oilfield workers need to be provided detailed training on how to prevent electrocution, avert tumbles from ladders and scaffoldings, and made aware of the different types of protective gear required on the worksite.


  • Inadequate maintenance of training records: 

Before involving the workers in critical assignments, it’s important for the management to know the strengths and weaknesses of their employees. Accurate records help employers use their resources effectively.


  • Lack of emergency response training for employees: 

Every worker understands that equipment and machinery present on an oil rig pose a risk to those operating it as well as others. Training each worker to respond in emergencies greatly reduces the chance of severe injuries from accidents.

While the finger of blame is usually pointed at oilfield workers after an accident, the employer’s role should be examined as well. It is possible that the worker didn’t receive proper training on safety procedures and how to respond to emergencies, in which case they could be held liable.

When there’s a tragedy on the oil rig, oil and gas companies make utmost effort to pay minimum possible compensation to the victim. If you or someone you love has become a victim of oilfield accident, do not make the mistake of accepting a settlement offer that is lower than what you actually deserve.

Specialist oilfield accident attorneys in Midland and Odessa at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are well-versed in handling the revenue-driven mentality of oil companies. Backed by more than two decades of experience, we are ideally placed to help you get maximum compensation for your injuries.

Schedule a free consultation with our experienced oilfield accident attorneys in Midland today!