Brazoria County Oil Field Accident Kills WorkerMarch 14, 2017
Equipment failure and a falling load are to blame for a fatal oil field accident that occurred just before 8 a.m. on Monday March 13th. According to reports, the accident took place at a site in Alvin that’s owned and operated by Denbury Resources, Inc. The site is located at the intersection of Highway 35 and County Road 129.
Workers were using a pulley-and-hook system (or a “snatch-block”) to try to move a piece of heavy equipment to the top of an oil platform. The equipment, weighing several thousand pounds, ended up falling from the snatch-block when the pulley broke. The falling load fatally crushed one worker.
Denbury Resources, a Plano-based petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company, issued the following statement soon after the fatal accident:
On the morning of March 14th, a worker was involved in an incident while working on a rig in the Hastings oil field. Denbury and its contractors are working closely with local public officials following the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.
Little other details, including the identity of the deceased worker, have been revealed. ABC News is continuing to monitor the situation and report the latest on this investigation.
Oil Field Accidents: Common Causes
Tragically, fatal oil field accidents like this one happen far too often. According to some reports, at least 100 workers are killed in oil field accidents each year – and the death rate for oil field workers is about 8 times higher than the average all-industry rate (of 3.2 per every 100,000 workers).
Equipment failures (like the one in the tragic news story above) can be caused by various and multiple factors, such as:
- Failure to maintain equipment
- Improper use of equipment
- Failure to properly secure the load.
In addition to equipment failures, other factors that can contribute to fatal oil field accidents include (and are not limited to):
- Long, back-to-back shifts – It’s not uncommon for workers’ shifts to be as long as 12 to 14 hours day in and day out, generally for a few weeks on end. This can lead to worker fatigue, increasing the risk of slipups and accidents.
- Lack of training – Failure to train employees on how to safely use equipment and perform their job functions can lead to miscalculations and missteps at best – and deadly accidents at worst.
- Failure to drug test workers – Although companies are typically required to drug test workers during the hiring process (and regularly thereafter), some don’t. That can result in impaired workers making deadly mistakes.
In these (and various other) situations, employers may be liable for the accidents and resulting losses. If you suspect that some type of negligence may have contributed to your oil field accident, it’s time to contact a Houston oil field accident lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm.
Know Your Rights & Legal Options after an Oil Field Accident: Contact a Houston Oil Field Accident Lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm
Find out how a Houston oil field accident lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm can help you recover from an oil field accident (or another type of work accident).
Contact us today at (877) 892-2797. Or email us. Our attorneys are ready to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to move forward with a potential claim and position it for success.