Types of Oil Field Injuries
Unfortunately, the oil and gas industry continues to be one of the most dangerous areas to work in the United States. Equipment continues to get more advanced, but these worksites are inherently dangerous, and there are many different types of oil field injuries. Some injuries are minor and only require temporary treatment, while others have serious lifelong consequences.
No matter what happened when the injury occurred, you should always consult with an attorney who is experienced with oil field accidents. Even if you believe the injury was partly caused by your own negligence, you are still entitled to financial support and compensation for your injuries.
Typically while working in one of these occupations, there are various types of oil field injuries that you are at risk of suffering. These injuries include:
- Head and Back Injuries Caused by Slipping
- Loss of Fingers or Limbs
- Crushing of Organs or Body Parts
- Broken Bones and Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Burns Caused by Gas and Fire Explosions
- Respiratory Damage and Diseases
- Chemical Burns on Skin
- Vehicle Accident Injuries
- Sludge-Related Injuries
- Machine Malfunction Injuries
- Injuries Caused by Collapse of Machines or Platforms
No matter what types of oil field injuries you suffered, if they were work-related or occurring in the workplace, you are most likely entitled to compensation. This may be workers’ compensation payments that cover your medical bills and a portion of your income, or you may be able to file a personal injury or product liability claim. After contacting us, we will help you determine if you have ground for filing a suit.
How to Avoid Different Types of Oil Field Injuries
Most injuries occur during accidents, so sometimes these injuries are unpreventable. That being said, there are always steps you can take to minimize your risk of injury.
Attentiveness and Energy: Those who work on oil fields are often on call for 24 hours a day, and are working 10-12 hours at a time at minimum. Accidents are most likely to occur when you are exhausted and less attentive to your surroundings. As you reach the end of your shift, pay attention to your energy level. Exercise even greater caution as you feel yourself getting tired, and ask your co-workers if you can take a break if you are feeling too tired to work safely.
Safety Procedures: Always follow safety procedures and precautions. There is a natural tendency to skip steps and ignore simple rules when you feel like you have become an expert. These procedures were designed with your safety in mind, so always follow them, even if they seem unnecessary.
Wear Protective Gear: Helmets, goggles, and other protective equipment may save your life. You will never be able to predict when or how an accident will occur, so you should wear protective equipment at all times. It is often against regulations to work without this equipment, and working without it is a lazy and unnecessary risk.
Communicate: Accidents can occur in a split second, and sometimes you can avoid injury by quickly communicating with other workers about what you see on-site. Tell your supervisors about safety risks and inform your co-workers when you notice equipment that isn’t functioning properly.
Contact an Attorney after All Types of Oil Field Injuries
Bandas Law Firm is committed to helping injured workers get the compensation they need to treat their work-related injuries. Get in touch with us as soon as you are injured, and we will do everything we can to support you on your road to recovery.