When fireworks happen by accident
Everyone likes a good show, right?
Not when you haven’t planned for it, and not when it’s on a job site. Then it’s definitely not a good show, thank you very much.
The oil and gas industry is the biggest money-maker in Texas, and it’s also the most dangerous. Despite the danger, workers are drawn to the industry because of the promise of a better life for them and their families. That promise outweighs the potential danger of fires and explosions that are notorious in the industry.
According to EnergyWire, the oil and gas industry is directly responsible for 10% of all workplace fatalities from fires and explosions – even though they employ less than 1% of the total workforce. You do not want to be a part of this 1%.
These disasters are often caused by serious safety risks such as dangerous chemicals and gases; electrical hazards; and heavy machinery. The working conditions and chemicals also make the oil and gas rigs vulnerable to fires and explosions. Basically, these workers are spending their days in a glorified pressure cooker.
Additionally, extracting oil and natural gas from underground is equally dangerous, as the resources become trapped in underground pockets of porous rocks. Workers drill wells to let the crude oil travel upward to the bore hole, knowing that only some of them will be successful. They will also have to separate the mixture of gas, water and oil that erupts from underground.
There are also other accidents that can occur in the oil and gas industry, and these are considered far more common: contact by objects and equipment, and transportation incidents. Since these involve human intervention, they generally happen more often than fires and explosions.
Accidents on jobsites are very common and sometimes require legal intervention. If you or someone you know has been injured in an oil or gas-related incident, consider speaking with our Texas partner law firms!
Have you or a loved one ever had to deal with something like this? If you feel you can, please share your story below!