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The oil & gas industry is one of the largest employers in Texas. While most of the rigs and refineries are concentrated near the coast and around major port cities like Houston, drilling operations abound throughout the state. The availability of jobs in many different locations, along with opportunities for training programs and higher-wage positions, make this an attractive option for thousands of Texas job seekers each year.

A Risky Business

There’s never a shortage of applicants for open positions in oil and gas, but most are aware that these jobs entail a lot of risk. They are physically demanding, often require long hours, and involve working around heavy equipment, complex machinery, and flammable materials. The potential for accidents and injury is a constant presence for most rig workers and related oil and gas employees.

Not every accident should be brushed off as “just part of the job,” however. If you are injured in an accident on an oil rig or other industry operation and you believe that negligence was a contributing factor, the company may be liable for damages.

Most common rig worker injuries

Rig workers face a number of hazards on the job that can result in:

  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Respiratory problems
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Cuts and puncture wounds
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Know the dangers

The oil and gas industry relies on lots of complex machinery and processes to function. When this equipment is not maintained properly, when workers are exhausted or poorly trained, or when safety practices are not followed, accidents are almost a foregone conclusion. Rig workers can fall victim to any number of hazards, including falling objects, explosions, fires, and equipment malfunctions. To make matters worse, many oil rigs are difficult to access and may be located dozens of miles from the nearest medical center.

If you are an oil rig worker who has suffered trauma or injury due to an accident in the workplace, you need an experienced attorney who can advise you on your case and help you get the compensation you might be owed for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Bivona Law offers free consultations by phone or at our downtown Houston office.

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