Grimes & Fertitta’s oil rig accident lawyers in Houston have decades of combined experience defending the victims of oil rig accidents. We take pride in helping the families of those who have been injured or killed on the job get the justice and compensation they deserve.
Houston is home to many chemical plants and oil refineries, some of which have been in operation for nearly 100 years. Unfortunately, all of that history does not always add up to wisdom and safe practices by the oil companies. Negligence, outdated equipment, and improper training are all too common on Texas oil rigs, and the results can be devastating.
If you or a loved one were injured or killed in an oil rig explosion or accident, don’t rely on the oil companies to do the right thing — seek justice, and contact an oil rig injury attorney from Grimes & Fertitta today.
How common are oil rig accidents?
Because offshore workers face a variety of dangers every day on the job, it’s up to the oil companies to ensure the safety of all workers. Unfortunately, even with federal safety regulations in place, serious drilling rig accidents still happen often.
Between the heavy equipment, long work hours, and highly flammable substances, offshore workers are exposed to extremely dangerous conditions on a regular basis. And while injuries on the job site aren’t necessarily the norm, the results can be devastating when they occur.
These are just some of the damages offshore workers face on a Texas oil rig:
- 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.