Struck-By Injuries in Oklahoma’s Oil Fields

Oil fields are one of the most dangerous workplace environments. Filled with explosive and hazardous materials, heavy equipment, and large vehicles, oil field workers have to be attentive and careful in high-stress situations. It is not a job for the meek. One of the most common types of accidents that oil field workers are at…

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Oil and Gas Workers Face Risks to Their Mental Health, Too

It is well known that workers in the oil and gas industry face many risks to their physical health. They work with heavy, complex equipment; dangerous chemicals; and in hazardous work environments. From explosions, to fires, to being crushed by vehicles, and falls from great heights, the dangers these workers face are almost more than…

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Why Is Swab Rig Work Dangerous?

A recent tragic case in Major County revealed that an oilfield worker died while working on a swab rig. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office and the OSHA Oklahoma City Office are investigating. The accident occurred right before 9:00am, which is when the Sheriff’s Office in Major County received a call for help. According to a…

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Can I Sue if I Get Sick from Living Near a Drill Site?

Oklahoma is home to thousands of gas and oil wells, which is good for the state’s economy. On the other hand, it is also bad for your health. The more traditional method of most of these wells involves a drill sent into the ground to access reservoirs underneath the surface. The known risks of this…

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Injuries and Risks to Rig Hands in Winter Weather

Oil fields are a dangerous place to work. Rig hands not only have to deal with dangerous equipment, hazardous materials, and physically demanding work, but also the natural and often time savage weather that they have to work in. Oklahoma suffers not only from severe heat in the summer, but also freezing cold weather in…

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Oil Transportation Safety Issues

Oil and gas are transported from Oklahoma to all parts of the nation, in ever-increasing volumes. These products fuel cars, heat homes and businesses, cook foods, and help our country in many different ways. There are many logistical factors that govern how these energy products are shipped. There are also many safety concerns that need…

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Oil Field Operation Statistics

The oil and gas extraction sector includes many jobs that are the lifeblood of Oklahoma’s economy. Work in this sector includes: Exploring for crude oil and natural gas Drilling, equipping, and completing wells Operation of emulsion breakers, separators, emulsion breakers, and desilting equipment, and field gathering lines for crude petroleum and natural gas Producing crude…

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Transportation Injuries Sustained by Oil and Gas Workers

The prime cause of oil and gas worker fatalities, just as with others workers in general industries, is transportation accidents. The majority of oil industry employees injured on-the-job are eligible to file for and obtain workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits pay for a percentage of loss of income, physical rehab, and medical treatments. Transportation-related accidents…

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Equipment Failure Causes Fire In Dewey, Oklahoma

A recent pipe equipment incident is a warning that manufacturing and fabrication defects can cause burn injuries and death. Burn injuries can cause respiratory difficulties. Severe burns usually leave permanent scars which may require skin grafts and plastic surgery. Victims often suffer emotional damage in addition to the physical damage. Bartlesville Radio reported recently that…

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