There is no doubt that working on a Texas oil field is dangerous work. With oil production rates increasing across the country, the rates of injury and death in the oil industry are also increasing. According to a 2012 Houston Chronicle investigation, Texas accounts for about 40 percent of all oil field deaths in the U.S. How are these accidents occurring and what should you do if you are injured? Find out here.
Causes of Texas Oil Field Accidents
Oil fields and oil rigs are dangerous work environments and any number of things can go wrong, especially when employers do not have sufficient safety measures in place. The following types of accidents account for many of the injuries and deaths on Texas oil fields:
- Transportation accidents
- Exposure to toxic fumes
- Defective equipment
What to Do When You Are Hurt
If you are injured while working on an oil field, it is important that you take the following steps:
- Seek medical attention. Obviously, if you are seriously hurt, you should seek immediate emergency medical treatment, but even if you feel that your injury is minor, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If you have to make a claim for compensation with your company, you will want medical records to support you. Follow the doctors’ instructions and make sure you are fully healed before returning to work.
- Report the incident. Report your injury to your supervisor as soon as you are able. Fill out an incident report and gather witness statements if possible. Also, if you feel that an unsafe work environment caused your injury, consider reporting it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Call an attorney. It is unlikely that your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance since Texas law does not require it, but you can still seek compensation from your employer for your injuries if he is at fault in any way. A Texas work injury attorney will investigate the accident and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Call the Law Office of Raúl A. Guajardo
If you are injured on an oil field in Texas, call work injury attorney Raúl Guajardo. He will help you understand your rights and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.