The extrication of crude oil and the manufacturing of petroleum products is a lynchpin for the Texas economy, accounting for almost 35 percent of U.S. oil production and bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. However, work conditions are not always considered safe in Texas’s oil fields.
Texas oil field injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the mining and drilling industry today. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that roughly 40 percent of the 663 fatalities that were recorded nationwide in the drilling industry between 2007-12 were the result of Texas oil field injuries.
These numbers leave many citizens wondering why this line of work is so dangerous and many believe the answer is because of a lack of regulation. An article from Insurance Journal claims the laws that govern onshore drilling are much more relaxed than those for off shore drilling. That’s why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering reform of the policies governing onshore drilling.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we know how dangerous oil fields are for many hardworking Texans. That’s why our College Station personal injury lawyers would like to urge you to keep safety in mind at all times on the job.