Violations of Safety Regulations on an Oil Rig

Violations of Safety Regulations on an Oil RigViolations of safety regulations at oil rigs are a leading cause of oilfield accidents in Houston. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates workplace safety by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance for oilfield and oil rig owners. If your employer is guilty of an OSHA violation that led to your personal injury, the oilfield accident attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates can help protect your rights.

Employers should be held responsible for knowing about a safety violation and failing to take action. The negligence that caused your injury may have produced other accidents and injured more workers. A work injury lawsuit may be the only way to stop violations of safety regulations on an oil rig. In addition, a lawsuit can help you recover financial damages for injuries suffered after the accident.

Most Common Safety Violations

On January 5, 2016, OSHA published a list of the top 10 most frequently violated workplace safety standards. Each of the 10 could lead to an oilfield accident in Houston. Has the violation of any of these OSHA standards caused an accident that led to you being injured?

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lockout/Tagout
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Electrical Wiring Methods
  9. Machine Guarding
  10. Electrical Requirements

Number six on the list – industrial trucks – is a common reason for oilfield accidents. Oil rig truck accidents are often caused by negligent driver actions like using cell phones, drunk driving, speeding, and ignoring road signs. Long hours and drowsy driving also contribute to the high number of oilfield accidents in Houston. If you or a loved one has been injured by any of the “OSHA Top 10,” contact the personal injury attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates for representation. We protect your rights while fighting to stop habitual safety violators.

Oilfield Accidents Injuries Cause By Violations of Safety Regulations on an Oil Rig

Despite federal and state safety regulations, oilfield workers can still suffer serious and deadly injuries. Many severe, sometimes life-threatening injuries can result from an oilfield work accident, including burn injuries, chemical burns, vision loss, hearing loss, amputation, traumatic brain injury, and even wrongful death. Rig hands working with large equipment and industrial machines are one wrong move from a catastrophic injury.

Many of these injuries will require long-term medical treatment for pain and rehabilitation. This can be expensive and cause you to miss work. The sting of medical debt, lost wages, and pain and suffering can be a serious hardship for the family of an oilfield worker. Houston drilling accident lawyers at Richard J. Plezia & Associates can help you seek financial recovery for these damages.

Recovering Damages

The Houston oilfield accident lawyers at Richard J. Plezia & Associates have successfully represented many clients suffering from injuries caused by their employer’s violations of OSHA safety regulations. Like these clients, when can help you recover damages for your injury. The damages of medical bills, lost wages, and mental anguish can all be part of a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. Contact our office today for a free consultation on your case.

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