Kansas has a many oil field accidents, serious personal injuries and fatalities because of the large oil industry within the state. Due to the dangerous nature of the job, involving frequent contact with explosive and flammable materials, the day to day working conditions lead to a dangerous work environment. While many oil field companies have succeeded at lowering the rate of injuries for their employees, injuries still frequently occur.
Kansas law requires oil field employers to take precautions to protect their workers from injuries. Failure to follow these laws is often exhibited by:
- Carelessness or recklessness from the employer;
- Failure to properly train employees;
- Delays in equipment maintenance or repair;
- Failure to properly communicate risks or dangers with employees;
- Failure to safely instruct on work procedures; and
- Safety procedures not in place, maintained, or enforced.
Common oil field injuries include:
- Welding accidents,
- Slip-and-fall injuries;
- Chemical and fire related burns;
- Head injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Trucking accidents;
- Equipment malfunction;
- Brain injuries; and
- Fire and explosion accidents.
Falling Objects Pose Hazard on Kansas Oil Fields
Massive steel rigging and heavy pipes are found through the oil derricks. The risk of injury to oil field employees is heightened in the early stage of oil field development, when these heavy materials are being hoisted into place for operation. The highest percentage of oil field fatalities in Kansas results from workers being struck by large objects. Oil field accidents also occur when workers must tear down rigging, or insert and remove piping. This high risk environment leads to frequent injuries in the oil exploration process.
Transportation Accidents in the Oil Industry
The oil exploration industry often requires employees to travel great distances for work. Working long days and then traveling great distances to get to and from the job site can lead to another dangerous working condition. Transportation accidents are the second highest reported injury for oil field workers in Kansas. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics report from 2012 indicated highway transportation accidents, including care and trucking accidents, accounted for 1 in 5 of the worker fatalities associated with the oil and gas exploration industry.
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Patterson Legal Group, LC works on a contingency fee basis and does not charge a fee unless you collect. Our Kansas oil field accident lawyers are experienced with handling complex oil field industry cases. If you, or someone you love, have suffered and injury because of unsafe conditions at an oil field, contact our lawyers for a free case evaluation at (888) 687-2400.