Personal Injury Lawyer & Oilfield Injuries
In May of 2014, the United States collectively produced 8,331,000 barrels of oil, which amounts to about 99,972,000 barrels per year. A quarterly census from Baker Hughes shows the number of new onshore oil and gas wells that were created in the U.S for the second quarter of 2014 as 8,853. With approximately 11,000 oilfield workers in the U.S. upstream alone, not counting offshore workers (link to: Page on Offshore Injuries), pipeline workers, oil drillers, and seismic crews, accidents can and do happen.
Common Oilfield Injuries
Fatal and non-fatal injuries can happen at any time during the process of oil and gas extraction, drilling oil and gas wells, and any support activities, such as driving or maintenance. There are many ways oilfield injuries can happen, and some of the most common include:
- Chemical spills
- Compressor station malfunction
- Equipment failure
- Frac tank incidents
- Rig collapses
- Transportation accidents
- Well blowouts
- Well drilling accidents
What Are The Statistics Surrounding Oilfield Injuries?
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 120 fatal work injuries occurred in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2008.
- The three most frequent fatal oilfield events in 2008 were transportation incidents at 41%, contact with objects and equipment at 25%, and fires and explosions at 15%.
- Of the transportation incidents in 2008, three-quarters involved highway incidents.
- The three states with the most fatal oilfield work injuries were Texas with 41, Oklahoma with 21, and Louisiana with 13.
- The number of total recordable cases of nonfatal injuries and illnesses ranged between 2,400 in 2003 and 4,700 in 2005, with 2007 having 4,200 cases.
- There were 221 oilfield injury short term disability (STD), long term disability (LTD), and fatal (FTL) claims in 2012.
- The average cost paid for each claim was about $14.5 million.
Personal Injury Lawyer & Oilfield Injury Lawsuits
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an oilfield accident, you need an experienced oilfield injury attorney to help you know your rights and file a claim. To learn more about all of your options after an oilfield injury, call us toll free at 888-902-6245 for a free consultation to discuss your case.