The oil industry is full of inherent risks. State and other federal laws like OSHA establish rules and guidelines to help reduce those risks and keep oil field workers safe. But when the rules are ignored, people get seriously injured, if not worse. If you’ve been injured in a Texas oil field accident, an oil field injury lawyer may be able to develop a case against the oil company and any other company involved.
If any of the following rules and regulations including OSHA regulations were violated at your job site at the time of your injury, you may have a case.
Rule #1 –Provide Fall Protection
OSHA requires employers to provide workers with proper fall protection systems for anything over 6 ft. This can include fall arrest systems and guardrails, etc. Your employer is also required to provide you with training for fall protection and hazards. If you were injured on an oil field because of a lack of fall protection or training, an oil field attorney can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Rule #2 – Properly Installed and Secured Temporary Stairways and Guardrails
OSHA provides safety standards for temporary installed guardrails and stairways, including height and tread depth and angle of the stairs. If you fell from an unsecured stairway or guardrail, then an important rule was likely ignored, and you may be entitled to compensation.
Rule #3 – Keep Walkways Clear
OSHA has clear guidelines for keeping oil rig work areas clean, orderly, and sanitary. If you were injured because of a cluttered or disorderly walkway or work surface, you need an oil field injury lawyer right away.
Rule #4 – Supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
OSHA requires employers to provide personal protective equipment for the eyes, face, head, and extremities, including fall arrest protection, respiratory devices and more. If you were exposed to a hazard, and suffered as a result, then you may have a strong case.
Rule #5 – Present a Safety Data Sheet
Chemical manufacturers are required to provide material safety data sheets showing the hazard classification of each chemical mixture. Employers and other companies should ensure that the material safety data sheets are provided and review them carefully. If this information was missing or neglected, you may have a case.
Rule #6 – Comply with Lockout/Tagout Procedures
Electrical shock, pinch points, and trips on power cords have all been known to cause serious injuries. Regulations including OSHA regulations have strict lockout / tagout standards for employees who perform equipment maintenance. If you were injured during a maintenance procedure, we may be able to build a case.
Rule #7 – Identify Electrical Hazards
Regulations including OSHA provides specific guidelines for identifying potential electrical hazards and giving employees adequate clearance from these risks. If you were electrocuted or shocked because your employer failed to identify a hazard, you need to call an oil field injury attorney today.
Rule #8 – Inspect Equipment
Drilling equipment and tools must be properly maintained, according to OSHA standards. This means a regular inspection of all tools and vehicles. If an oilfield equipment failure caused your injury, then the oil field company and any other company involved may have been in violation of OSHA regulations and you may be entitled to compensation.
Rule #9 – Maintain Operable, Safe Ladders
OSHA has provided clear standards for maintaining the integrity of ladders on oil well sites. If you were injured due to an unsafe, unsecured, or improperly installed ladder, you may have a case against all companies involved.
Rule #10 – Provide Safe Hoisting equipment and Slings
Hoisting equipment and slings are critical pieces of equipment for nearly any oil field site. OSHA has very clear guidelines for the use, maintenance, and storage of hoisting equipment like slings. If you were injured due to a faulty hoisting equipment or sling, or one that was improperly handled, we may be able to build a case for you.
The Key To Getting The Settlement
The key to winning any oil field injury case is proving that rules or regulations like an OSHA rule, were violated to establish the negligence of the company. Our experienced oil field injury lawyers in San Antonio can help pinpoint the cause of your accident and get you the compensation you deserve.