On the evening of October 28, 2018, two Hardin County workers fell through an oil rig platform. The accident took place on a rig, roughly 5 miles away from Silsbee, Texas.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene around 9:20 p.m. and transported the two men to the hospital. Both workers remain at the hospital in stable condition.

The Dangers of Oil and Gas Refinery Work

Texas offers many oil drilling industry opportunities and provides many jobs. However, the hazards that come with this career are evident in the number of workplace injuries and deaths that occur.

The National Census of Workplace Injuries reveals that there was a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries in 2016.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2013 and 2016, there were 547 reported fatalities in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industries. Additionally, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2016 reveals that the top causes of workplace injuries were:

  1. Transportation-related accidents
  2. Violence by another person (or animal)
  3. Exposure to harmful substances
  4. Fires and explosions

What to Know About Filing a Claim for a Workplace Injury

Due to the profit that comes with productivity and time efficiency in the oil field industry, the workplace environment can be dangerous. Safety standards are often lax, workplace hazards overlooked, and workers can be pushed beyond their limits through long hours and hard labor.

The negligent action or inaction of an owner, operator, employer, equipment contractor, or even a third party, can cause a serious accident.

Seek out the professional help of the Houston oilfield accident attorneys at Lapeze and Johns. Our dedicated team has plenty of experience in representing clients who have suffered injuries from:

  • Explosions and fires
  • Proximity to toxic fumes and substances
  • Falls from dangerous platforms and high elevation
  • Injuries from defective machinery
  • Falls, slips, and trips

Compensation for an Oil Field Accident

The severity of on-the-job injuries in the oil field industry can range from minor to fatal. Broken bones, spinal injuries, burns, and traumatic brain injuries are various types of injuries that oil field workers can suffer from – not to mention the possibility of death.

If you are the victim of workplace accident caused by another negligent party, you are entitled to make claim for damages that can include, but are not limited to:

  • Hospital Expenses
  • Medications
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Work Opportunity
  • Funeral Expenses

If you or a loved one has sustained a severe injury from an oil rig accident, consult our expert oil field injury attorneys at Lapeze and Johns. We have helped clients recover over $385 million through thorough investigation, hard work, and dedication to your needs.

Contact the Houston attorneys at Lapeze and Johns today at 713-766-0075 for a free consultation.

Source: 12News

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.