On October 17, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, an oilfield worker for Performer Contracts fell to his death. The incident took place at a Chevron Company oil refinery along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

The male victim fell from an elevated platform, a common workplace hazard at oil refineries. Chevron reports that emergency responders and an ambulance were sent to the scene, but unfortunately, the individual did not survive the fall.

This Chevron site employees 1,500 individuals and processes approximately 14 million gallons of oil each day. No further reports on the lack of safety precautions or procedures have been announced as the cause of the fall.

Workplace Injury Statistics

Refineries are elaborate workspaces with heavy-duty machinery, elevated platforms, dangerous chemicals, as well as confined spaces that can be difficult to navigate and so on.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in the United States, there were 5,190 work-related fatalities in 2016.

The most common causes of fatal injuries in work-related events in 2016 included:

  • Transportation Accidents: 2,083
  • Violence or Other Injuries by Animals or Other Persons: 866
  • Slips or Falls: 849
  • Contact with Objects or Equipment: 761
  • Exposure to Harmful Environments and Substances: 518
  • Fires and Explosions: 88

Many of these hazards are known to oilfield work. The heavy machinery and equipment used, combined with the exposure to chemicals and substances, means that workers are always at a constant threat of suffering a severe or fatal injury.

Common Causes of Oil Field Accidents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 134 extraction and other construction workers were injured on the job in 2016. The hazards mentioned below can cause result in serious injuries or even cost workers their lives.

Some common causes of oil field accidents are as follows:

  • Refinery fires
  • Oilfield explosions
  • Slick, oily floors
  • High platforms
  • Lack of training
  • Faulty equipment
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Falling objects
  • Transportation accidents
  • Weather

Recovery from an oilfield accident can range from weeks to years. The injury may even alter the course of one’s life and their ability to operate their body as they once did.

Many accidents can be avoided with the proper implementation of safety procedures. In the case of employer negligence, or fault of a third party, a worker may be eligible for compensation.

Contact the Houston oilfield injury attorneys today at Lapeze & Johns.

If a misstep in a safety procedure has occurred or workplace conditions failed to meet standards, then there may be several at-fault parties to blame for the accident. Employers, supervisors, or contracting companies have a responsibility to implement the securest environment conditions to ensure the safety of all persons on site.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed on a job at an oil refinery, the Houston oilfield injury lawyers at Lapeze and Johns are prepared to provide you with their legal expertise to successfully win your case.

Hiring an attorney as soon as possible is essential to getting you the compensation you deserve.

Call us today at 713-766- 0075 for more information.


About Christopher Johns

johnsChristopher Johns co-founded Lapeze & Johns with one thing in mind: civil justice for victims of negligence. Mr. Johns is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 50 cases to verdict and judgment throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and around the United States with a 98% success rate. His efforts throughout his time at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lawyer have garnered him many accolades, a 10.0 rating from AVVO, and Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2004. Read more about Christopher Johns here.