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Injured Worker Files Lawsuit Against Texas Crane Operator For Oil Field Accident

Oil field accident

A 28-year-old Texas oil field worker has filed a lawsuit against Fowler Transportation, Ltd. for devastating injuries he sustained when he was crushed by oil field equipment in an on-the-job accident. Michael Shelton was working for Big E Drilling at a drill site operated by Petrohawk Corporation on August 12, 2011, when the accident occurred. He was assisting in the installation of a roof over a mud tank when the roof – which was being lifted by a crane that was owned and operated by Fowler Transportation – detached from its support legs and fell on him, pinning him to the floor of the mud tank. If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident in Texas and you think you might be eligible for compensation by filing a lawsuit against the negligent party, contact our experienced oil field accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options.


Although more than a year has passed since the workplace injury occurred, Shelton still requires treatment for his oil field accident injuries and remains unable to return to work to earn an income. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old will likely face chronic pain as a result of his injuries, which he alleges were caused by the oil and gas company’s failure to ensure safe crane operations. While cranes are extremely valuable pieces of equipment when it comes to moving large, heavy materials on the job site, they can also result in devastating injuries and tragic loss of life if not operated in a safe manner. When it comes to heavy equipment, oil and gas companies, rig moving companies and crane operators, safety needs to be a top priority. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.


Shelton’s lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, and alleges that Fowler Transportation, Ltd. and its employees failed to safely operate the crane that caused the oil field worker’s injuries. If you sustained serious injuries in an oil field accident caused by an unsafe work environment or because of another worker or company’s negligence, our oil field accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm can help. Our law firm is located in Corpus Christi, Texas, and our skilled oil field accident attorneys have extensive experience litigating all manners of oil field accidents across the state. When oil and gas companies fail to implement safety measures to protect the safety of their workers, and when owners and operators of heavy equipment are negligent in preventing accidents caused by faulty crane and other heavy equipment, the results can be devastating. With the help of our knowledgeable oil field accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.