Inadequate training, insufficient safeguards, poorly maintained equipment, and rushed activities combine to increase the frequency of oilfield accidents and serious injuries.
At Burnham Injury Law, we are exceptionally qualified to litigate oilfield accident and injury lawsuits. We understand the oil and gas industry and have the resources to go up against the largest and most powerful corporations in Colorado. Oilfield workers are a tough lot doing very dangerous jobs every day but when disregard for proper safety protocols makes these jobs even more dangerous, and accidents and injuries occur, those responsible should be held accountable.
Common Causes of Oilfield Accidents and Injuries
Oil and gas jobs are more dangerous than most other industrial jobs. In this high-stakes, high-stress environment, accidents will occur. However, many of these accidents and the severity of the resulting injuries could be prevented if proper safety procedures were followed and enforced. Common circumstances giving rise to oilfield accidents and injuries include:
- Explosions and fires
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Collapsed work rigs and decks
- Falls from extreme heights
- Falling objects
- Oil and gas truck accidents
- Equipment and machinery malfunctions
- Defective equipment
- Falling objects
- Slips and falls
- Insufficient training
- Lack of proper safety protocols
- Failure to provide adequate safety gear
- Lack of supervision on the jobsite
With the inherently fast-paced and hazardous nature of oilfield work, workers must have a steady focus, properly functioning equipment, and adequate safety gear. Oilfield workers who are not provided with sufficient training, well-maintained equipment, and protective safeguards can become a liability to both themselves and other workers, as even minor mistakes can lead to massive disasters affecting multiple people. Injuries may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, burns, amputations, disfigurement, broken limbs, eye injuries, and hearing loss.
When tragedy strikes at an oilfield, oil and gas companies will do their best to quickly settle with victims and their families to minimize the impact on their profits. While it may seem genuine and heartfelt for them to offer you compensation, rest assured they have a team of lawyers doing everything in their power to make sure they pay you and your family as little as possible. Do not allow yourself to be the victim of an oil company’s revenue-driven mentality twice by accepting a settlement offer below what you need and deserve. By preparing your case for litigation, we can help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.