Risks of Working on an Oil Rig
Texas is famous for its booming oil industry. However, obtaining and collecting oil comes at a price. Offshore oil rig workers have one of the most dangerous professions in the world — offshore rig employees are susceptible to serious injuries and even death. An oil rig injury attorney can assist you if you have been hurt while working on an oil rig. Your lawyer can help you win compensation for your injuries and suffering.
In 2008, 120 people were killed in the oil and gas industry, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those 120, 21 fatalities happened in the oil and gas extraction industry. Common risks of working on an oil rig include:
- Catastrophic incidents. Although rare, explosions and fires can cause burns, amputations and death.
- Capsizing. If a rig capsizes, rig workers can drown or suffer other serious injury.
- Terrorist attacks. Oil rigs are believed to be targets for terrorist activity.
- Unsafe weather conditions. Being forced to work in rain, hurricanes, snow and windy conditions increases the chance of an accident.
- Heavy machinery. The daily use of large and heavy equipment can cause strains and sprains, in addition to more serious injuries such as broken bones, head trauma and severe bruising.
- Structural collapse. Ill-maintained and poorly built oil rigs have been known to collapse.
- Chemical exposure. Workers are often exposed to harsh, illness-causing chemicals.
Offshore oil rig accidents are subject to myriad complex laws and legal procedures. Oil rig accident victims should contact an attorney immediately after injury — a lawyer familiar with state, federal and maritime laws in addition to standard workers’ compensation statutes.
At Kemp Law Firm, we understand the importance of quickly resolving your personal injury claim. Our attorneys remain committed to your case throughout the entire process, helping you obtain the compensation you so desperately need and deserve.