West Virginia Oil & Gas Accidents
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Marcellus Shale gas drilling is a hard-working, industrial activity. There are often a large number of workers needed during drilling and exploration. Employers often ignore work safety precautions, fail to provide adequate training or take shortcuts to save money, increasing the likelihood of serious accidents.
As a result, there have been reports of on the job injuries caused by blowouts and explosions. Often serious work site accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the employer or drill operators.
Types of Drilling Accident-Related Injuries
Those who work in these industries are aware of the inherent dangers of their job, which is why they are pressured to follow strict safety measures and always look out for the worker standing next to them. When these safety measures are not adhered to by fellow workers, or worse, are not put in place by those in leadership roles, lives are threatened and sometimes even lost.
Some of the most common types of these accidents include:
- Cable breaks
- Slip and falls
- Crane rigging injuries
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Being hit by falling objects or heavy equipment
- Accidents caused by the negligence of heavy machine operators
A small group of workers are needed for the pre-drilling activities, such as locating a well, leasing land, surveying, and permitting . The majority of workers are needed during the drilling phase, which is sometimes referred to as "the boom." The workers build pipeline infrastructure, operate heavy equipment and bore the well.
The longer the laborers are at a well site, the greater the chances are of a serious injury. If you have suffered a serious personal injury as a result of a fire or explosion from the drilling of an oil and gas well, there may have been violations of workplace safety rules or OSHA that caused your injuries.
Oil and Gas Field Accident Injuries
Oil and gas fields are some of the most dangerous workplace environments around. On a daily basis, oil and gas field workers risk their health and even their lives to make a living by helping to provide families with the energy that makes life as we know it.
There are a wide variety of dangers that pose a serious risk to anyone on an oil or gas field. Explosions and fires can occur as a result of malfunctioning equipment, failure to follow adequate safety precautions or the negligence of a coworker. Gas truck accidents, water truck accidents and Marcellus shale truck accidents are also common causes of injury, and can result in some of those serious types of injuries.
West Virginia Drilling Accident Attorney
The West Virginia personal injury attorneys at the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC have a goal of providing excellent legal service through the use of their resources and our experience. They will work to fight for your rights and interests. You may be entitled to compensation for your drilling related injury, and the attorneys at the firm will aggressively fight for a settlement that you deserve. In the past, they have obtained over a billion in settlements and verdicts.
Contact a West Virginia drilling accident attorney to file a claim for compensation if you've been injured.