According to a recent study, oil and gas workers in Texas are killed on the job more than those in any other industry. The Houston Chronicle analyzed data from five years worth of fatal accident reports by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The study did carry some good news: overall, workplace deaths in the state have declined since 2007. However, Texas' oil and gas workers have not benefited from that trend. An average of 39 workers died in the industry each year between 2007 and 2011. That doesn't include oil- and gas-related traffic deaths, which OSHA does not investigate.
This has prompted several measures to improve safety in the industry. OSHA has called for a voluntary "stand down" for oil and gas companies to temporarily stop work in order to call attention to safety risks.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident caused by dangerous working conditions, you may face mounting medical bills, lost wages, and an impeded ability to enjoy your everyday life. You may be able to pursue a claim for damages against the person or entity responsible for the accident if they acted negligently or failed to prevent a dangerous situation.
In such a situation, it may be wise to speak with a personal injury attorney with experience in work-related injury claims. He or she can work with you to understand the unique circumstances of your injury, evaluate any potential claims for damages you may have, and pursue the best possible outcome in your case so you can focus on getting better.
Source: KBTX, "Workplace Deaths Drop - But Not in the Oil Industry," Yang Wang and Lise Olsen, Feb. 10, 2013