Recent data obtained by the Houston Chronicle revealed that Texas accounted for 40% of the 663 reported oil field deaths between 2007 and 2012. In 2012 alone, the investigation found that 79 workers lost limbs, 82 were crushed, 92 suffered burns and 675 had broken bones – and these were only the injuries that were reported to insurance companies. Also in 2012, 65 workers died in Texas oil field related mishaps.
While offshore drilling and production has become safer, onshore incidents have continued to increase over time. According to the investigation, much of the fault comes from the fact that for the past 22 years, federal and state regulators have failed to implement safety standards and procedures for onshore oil and gas drilling operations. In addition, OSHA has only 95 investigators to police all the drilling rigs and locations in Texas – and many of those investigators have no experience or training in oil and gas drilling operations. Even more surprising, the State of Texas essentially does nothing whatsoever to police the safety of oil and gas drilling operations. The result is that Texas oil field workers pay the price at an astonishing rate.
Texas oil fields are a dangerous place to work. If you or someone you know are seriously injured or worse, killed, please call the experienced oil field injury attorneys at Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry at (800) 730-0099. We provide personal attention for personal injuries.