Oil Field Accidents

The oil field can be an exciting and lucrative place to work.  It can also be dangerous.  Even after years of trying to reduce accidents and make the oil field safe, it remains one of the most dangerous work environments around.

The Williston Basin Bakken Oil Field has significantly increased the number of companies employing roughnecks in the Sidney, Montana and Williston, North Dakota areas over recent years.  With fracking, drilling and casing crews working on-site 24/7, the potential for an oil field accident can be high.  Even with proper protocols in place, crews can be exposed to dangerous chemicals or fumes, have equipment fail, or simply be injured in a trucking accident while working the job.

Toolpushers, drillers, derrickhands, motormen, leadhands, and others who exert themselves in the oil fields and on oil rigs are constantly working on and around heavy machinery that can cause fatal or tragic accidents in a blink of an eye.  Even catwalks can be dangerous areas where a roughneck can slip and fall or be trapped under loads, caught in an explosion, or become seriously maimed if snarled in chains or cables.  In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that a “total of 120 fatal work injuries occurred in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2008.  The three most frequent fatal events in 2008 were transportation incidents (41%), contact with objects and equipment (25%), and fires and explosions (15%).” (Oil and Gas Industry Fatal and Nonfatal Occupational Injuries Fact Sheet April 2010 U.S. Department of Labor www.bls.gov)

Injuries or death from oil field accidents are unfortunately commonplace and sometimes workers’ compensation is not enough to help you or your family through a difficult time.  It is important for you to find a personal injury attorney who understands the nature of working jobs like those in the Bakken oil fields and who have sufficient trial lawyer experience to help protect your interests.

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We always encourage our potential clients to speak to several trial lawyers who specialize in oil field accident cases before selecting an attorney to help with your particular situation.  Finding experienced attorneys to help can make a big difference in the future of an injured worker and his or her family.