Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 13, 2008
As the demand for oil and gas continues to increase, oil companies are putting more and more pressure on their employees to ramp up production on oil rigs across the nation. In these high-pressure environments, however, injuries and fatal accidents are becoming ever more common.
Williams Kherkher, a Houston-based personal injury firm, offers resources for injured oil rig workers and their families at this website.
Injuries and Wrongful Deaths among Oil Rig Workers
Long considered one of America's most dangerous industries, oil rig work has lived up to its reputation in recent years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 125 workers were killed on oil rigs in 2006 alone, representing a 70% increase in deaths from 2002.
Numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the fatality rate for oil rig workers was 7 times the national average.
Serious injuries are also a significant risk for workers; common causes include:
- Falling from catwalks
- Being struck by heavy equipment
- Becoming tangled in wires or cables
- Exposure to toxic substances
The high pressure and long hours associated with the industry are also blamed for the recent spike in deaths and injuries among oil rig workers. Furthermore, because of the high demand for labor, many companies hire employees who have no prior experience and may not always receive the proper training.
More information about the dangers of oil rig work are available at Williams Kherkher's oil rig injury resource center. Injured workers can also contact Williams Kherkher at 800-220-9341.
What Protections do Oil Rig Workers Have?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for regulating the safety on oil rigs. However, OSHA has been criticized by several groups - including the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee - for its allegedly lax approach to such a dangerous industry.
Legal action is always an option for injured workers and their families. Under the Jones Act and other maritime laws, workers may be able to recover compensation for their injuries. Unfortunately, the complexity of maritime law and the high-powered legal teams employed by oil companies make it difficult for workers to file lawsuits without the assistance of an experienced oil rig attorney.
About Williams Kherkher:
Williams Kherkher is a Houston personal injury law firm that has represented injured people and injured workers for 25 years. Williams Kherkher has handled thousands of cases and accumulated experience in personal injury, mass tort litigation, and maritime law.
To learn more about Williams Kherkher, or to set up a consultation with an oil rig lawyer, call 800-220-9341.