An oilfield job may require a worker to be around heavy machinery and toxic chemicals or force them to work at dangerous heights. Therefore, it is no secret that such jobs are potentially life-threatening, but only when the right measures are not taken and the right protective equipment is not used. The employer owes the workers a safe work environment.
Accidents and injuries can occur when the employer fails to adhere to the safety regulations laid out for the oil and gas industry. If you were injured at your workplace, an oilfield accident attorney in texas can help you determine what went wrong and what should be done next. If your employer is liable, you should get the compensation you deserve.
Some examples of employer negligence on an oilfield that causes injuries
- Not providing protection from toxic exposure.
The oil that is directly extracted from the earth can be highly toxic for humans, but there are other elements on an oilfield job site that make the environment toxic. When workers do not wear proper equipment, they are exposed to toxins and inhale dangerous substances for hours. Many workers develop lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases after prolonged exposure.
- Not ensuring that the machines work properly.
Oilfield workers have to work with heavy machinery all day. If a machine is broken or does not work properly, it could cause severe injuries to the worker operating it. There have been many instances of struck-by, caught-in, or caught-between accidents that result in death. Along with that, other risks include electrocution, falling, or loss of a limb.
If one or more of the machines were malfunctioning because of which you got injured, and your employer knew about it, they may be liable for your injuries.
- There is no emergency way out at your workplace.
Since the oilfield industry requires people to work in dangerous conditions, the work area should always be designed in a way that includes an emergency exit. Exit routes must always be open, fire prevention plans should be placed everywhere, and everyone should know the emergency exit plan. Your employer may also be found negligent if they provided you with inadequate fireproof clothing and training.
- Negligence in hiring transportation workers.
If the employer hired someone who was unfit to fulfill their driving job and you were harmed, the driver, as well as the employer, may be held liable for your injuries. An inexperienced and unqualified driver is more likely to become distracted or drive under the influence. Sometimes the driver is not an employee but an independent contractor. In such cases, your attorney may need to examine the situation.