Why are Oilfield Accidents in Texas so common?
October 9, 2018 - Oilfield Accident
Texas ranks number one in both oil and gas production in the U.S. so, it’s no surprise that more accidents happen in this state’s oilfields. Two primary causes are the workforce site activities and the transport of oil by trucks. The congestion of machinery and equipment, side-by-side with the human element continues to be a source of daily accidents leading to fatalities, long-term injuries, and life-threatening illnesses.
Despite the enforcement of workplace safety and environmental health factors, during a review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a high percentage of fatal injuries were a result of workers falling from heights of more than 30 feet.
Have you been injured on the job? If so, a full and comprehensive report needs to be created immediately. Too often accidents go unreported or the information is collected too late to file a compensation claim.
Juan Reyna works with oilfield workers to help win claims or settlements for work-related accidents. He’s an experienced attorney with the knowledge of the industry and will explain the legal process of gathering company reports and assembling accident documents to support your case.
Injuries include significant burns from oil or gas explosions, fractures from falls, slips due to oil or mud-covered surfaces, and movements of heavy equipment. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) listed working conditions that pose a risk for workers.
- Vehicle accidents
- Struck, wedged in or between
- Explosions and fires
- Slips or falls
- Heavy equipment injuries
- Chemical Exposures
- Confined Spaces
No matter what occupation you chose, all workers have the right to safe working conditions that prevent risks of causing serious harm. OSHA standards require the employer to provide industry information, job training, data about hazards, and methods to prevent accidents from happening.
By law, before starting work, you should be given the safety gear necessary to perform the job; gloves, harnesses, and lifelines for falls. Workers have the right to review work related records about injuries and illnesses.
Juan Reyna has successfully represented injured oilfield workers, standing up against the corporations and legal teams to ensure the client’s rights are protected and executed.
Statute of Limitations
In Texas, personal injury or wrongful death claims must be filed within two years from the date of the incident. If you are entitled to compensation, you need to contact a lawyer as soon as possible before signing any form of agreement or accepting money.
Time is critical in these situations, and the law understands that accidents put a great deal of stress on the individual involved. Statutes allow the time to recall memories and gather evidence to prove your case.
Call Reyna Law Firm today
Workers injured as a result of an oilfield accident need to contact an attorney to evaluate the situation. Juan Reyna can help determine your rights to pursue legal action or submit a claim to receive compensation. He will work with you to create a compelling legal course of action, striving to get you the best possible outcome for your individual situation.
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