Causes of Drilling Accidents
Oil rig drilling accidents happen all too often, and the results can be devastating. Workers injured by oil rigs can suffer severe personal injury, and in the worst cases – wrongful death. Oil injury help in Texas is only a phone call away, so contact the experienced oilfield injury lawyers at Richard J. Plezia & Associates.
Our oil rig attorney team works with top safety specialists and engineers to investigate the details of your workplace injury and advise you on filing suit against the negligent party. Causes of oil drilling accidents in Houston are often related to one or more of the following:
- Equipment Accidents
- OSHA Violations
- Improper Training
- Drilling Errors
- Exposure to Drilling Fluids
- Truck Accidents
Equipment Drilling Accident
Equipment on the oilfield is heavy and dangerous, often moved with large trucks, cranes, or booms. Crush injuries are the biggest concern for oilfield workers in the rig yard while equipment is being hauled in or transported out. Other equipment injuries include head trauma, orthopedic damage, back injury, and loss of limb. Severe damage to a hand, arm, leg, or foot can lead to an amputation, or a removal of the appendage.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency of the United States that regulates workplace safety and health. Many times, accidents at a drilling site stem from violations of OSHA standards. In 2015, the top two most frequently cited standards were fall protection and hazard communication. Both of these standards are high on the list of OSHA violations in the oilfield. If you have been injured by a fall or poorly communicated workplace hazard, contact the offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates for oil injury help in Texas.
Training and safety education are the best defense against a workplace accident. Unfortunately, some drilling operators will cut corners and rush employees through the training phase, passing up the opportunity to inform oilfield workers of the potential hazards of drilling work. Failure to train employees is a negligent practice and the responsible party should be held accountable for any accidents related to improper training.
Drilling errors are mistakes that take place in the preparation for drilling or during the drilling process. Some of these errors include:
- Defective Products and Machinery
- Negligent Operation
- Carelessness and Recklessness
- Delays in Repair
- Communication Error
- Human Error
Exposure to Drilling Fluids
Exposure to chemicals and drilling fluids can cause dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, irritation, and cancer. Long-term effects of drilling fluid exposure are still being studied to determine the impact on health and well being. Water, oil, and gas-based drilling fluids are used in nearly all oil drilling operations. Many times, the additives used in these fluids are the most dangerous ingredients in the concoction.
Of all the ways workers are injured during the drilling process, accidents with trucks might seem the least likely. In the hustle of drilling activity, oil trucks and contractor vehicles rushing to the next job have run over workers in the yard and caused collisions on the roadways. If you have been injured by a truck, or in any other drilling accident, the personal injury attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates will fight for your rights and your financial recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.