Oilfield workers across the state of Texas face a difficult and dangerous job every day. Whether you lose your footing on wet stairs or you trip over a stray cable, a fall on the worksite can leave you seriously hurt and in need of immediate medical care. While there may be a number of other dangers to worry about in the oilfield, accidents that involve serious falls are some of the most commonly reported injuries—and some oil and gas industry employers may not be doing everything they can to protect workers from potential hazards.
What Causes Serious Falls for Oilfield Workers?
Falls can be unexpected, and there are countless potential fall hazards in oilfield work. However, oilfield falls are often the result of issues such as:
- Loss of footing on derricks, platforms, and other high places
- Tripping over cables and hoses
- Improper use of baskets and lifts
- Unsecured reserve pit accidents
- Use of “improvised” equipment to perform a job
- Unsecured lifts, walkways, stairs, and platforms
- Uneven or poorly maintained walking surfaces
- Wet and slippery surfaces
- Water or dirt hiding unmarked hazards on the ground
Do Employers Pay the Price When Oilfield Workers Get Hurt in Slip, Trip, or Fall Accidents on the Worksite?
If you fell while working in the oilfield, you may have the right to hold your employer or another party responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. However, it isn’t always easy to figure out if filing a legal claim for compensation is the best option for you and your family or how to get started. If you have questions after you’ve been hurt, don’t wait any longer to start investigating your rights and options under the law. You can find out if you have a claim by calling our law office at 877-724-7800 or by using the Live Chat on this page.