As if the job of oil rig workers wasn’t hazardous enough, research has shown a spike in the number of oil drilling accidents in recent years. This is in correlation to the increased production of oil in the United States. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the production of crude oil grew substantially from approximately 2.4 billion barrels produced in 2012 to 3.4 billion in 2017.
In the haste to meet consumer needs, oil companies are hiring more inadequately trained personnel and developing new oil rigs without sufficient safety measures in place. There is likely to be an association between the constant growth of the industry and increased oil drilling accidents.
The Houston maritime and oilfield accident lawyers at Lapeze & Johns want to assure you, that regardless of the type of maritime accident or oilfield injury you suffer, we are here for you.
As an oil extraction worker, it is important to be well informed of the following information regarding the spike in accidents.
Are Oil Drilling Accidents Becoming More Common?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2007 and 2012, there were a total of 663 fatal accidents within the oil and gas industry.
In 2014, the article “Drilling Boom, Deadly Legacy” was published in the Houston Chronicle. In the article, it was noted that 65 oil workers died in 2012, which was a 60% increase from the previous year.
Unfortunately, despite a number of major accidents, like the Deepwater Horizon explosion:
- The federal government has not successfully implemented safety standards for onshore drilling in decades.
- While stricter regulations have been created for offshore drilling, they have not been fully implemented.
- The current administration is looking to roll back offshore drilling regulations.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is struggling to effectively investigate serious accidents.
If you or someone you love has been injured while working at oil drilling sites, Lapeze & Johns can help you obtain compensation.
Oil drilling accidents can be horrible and incredibly dangerous. Contact Lapeze & Johns today at 713-739-1010 to schedule your free case review.