At Grimes & Fertitta in Houston and The Woodlands, our oil rig injury lawyers have decades of combined experience advocating for victims who have suffered serious or even fatal injuries. We are recognized for our sophisticated representation and our proven record of maximizing financial compensation for our injured clients and their loved ones.
Houston is home to many chemical plants and oil refineries, some of which have been in operation for nearly 100 years. Unfortunately, all that history doesn’t always add up to wisdom and safe practices by the oil companies. Negligence, outdated equipment, and improper training are all too common on drilling rigs, and the results can be devastating. Personal injury and wrongful deaths happen too often: industrial accidents, plant explosions, construction accidents, and sadly more.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an oil rig explosion or accident, don’t rely on the oil companies to do the right thing—contact the Houston oil rig injury lawyers at Grimes & Fertitta today.
Why drilling rigs are so dangerous
Offshore workers face a variety of dangers every day on the job, and it’s up to the oil companies to ensure safety for all workers. Unfortunately, even with OSHA regulations in place, serious oil rig injuries and accidents still happen.
Between all the heavy equipment, long work hours, and highly flammable substances, offshore workers are exposed to extremely dangerous conditions on a regular basis. And while incidents aren’t necessarily the norm, the results can be devastating when they occur.
These are just some of the damages offshore workers face on the job:
- Explosions and fires: When equipment and worksites aren’t properly maintained, sparks from tools and machinery can make contact with flammable liquids, causing explosions and fires. Additional hazards such as well blowouts also increase explosion risks.
- Poorly managed equipment: Sharp handheld tools, heavy machinery, and construction pieces including pipes and cables are everywhere on an oil rig, and when these pieces of equipment aren’t properly stored, used, or maneuvered, workers can be struck and severely injured or killed.
- Unsafe workspaces: Long hours and fast-paced working conditions are already a dangerous combination, and when surfaces are left uncleaned or littered with equipment, the risk of deadly falls increases significantly.