TEXAS IS HOME TO THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF OIL AND GAS ACCIDENTS
Industrial jobs are inherently dangerous and come with many hazards, which result in devastating injuries and deaths. This is especially the case in Texas, as the state is home to a large majority of the nation’s oil refineries. In fact, Texas has one of the four largest oil refineries in the world - and is also home to the most fatal injuries that happen as a result of oil and gas accidents. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Texas employs nearly 400,000 people within the oil and gas industry, which is the highest compared to any other state. These numbers explain why there are more oil and gas related accidents in Texas than other places around the United States.
Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assert that the national
fatality rate for oil and gas workers in the U.S. is about seven times higher than all other occupations. Between 2007 and 2011, more deaths occurred due to a workplace accident in the oil and gas industry than any other industry in Texas.
Industrial plants are dangerous to both employees and contractors simply because of the nature of the job. Additionally, these workers must operate heavy machinery and are working alongside potentially explosive materials. While there are laws in place designed to protect oil and gas workers, accidents still occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in an oil and gas accident that happened due to negligence, you may be able to seek compensation.
Safety standards are set in place by OSHA, but these standards are not always followed. Some of the most common causes of oil and gas accidents include:
- Improper training
- Faulty or defective equipment
- Unsafe working conditions
- Failure to adhere to safety regulations
- Unsafe practices
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
The attorneys at Shamieh Law have years of experience helping clients with a wide range of workplace accidents, including those that take place within the oil and gas industry. If necessary, the attorneys at Shamieh Law will advocate that changes be made to oil and gas refineries in order to make the industry safer for others. Please call Shamieh Law today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential case.