Louisiana is one of the top oil producing states in the country, and because of this a large portion of our workforce is made up of oil field and oil rig workers. The safety of these individuals is an important issue for everyone who lives in this state, so why have safety measures been slow to improve in the industry?
Several experts have examined the systems in place over the entire country and they have come up with some disturbing realizations. The oil companies have pushed the responsibility for oil field accidents to a network of subsidiaries, small contractors and insurance companies. That displacement of responsibility has left very little to no pressure on the larger overarching companies to revise their safety protocols.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also concerned that falling oil prices will spur these already negligent employers to further shortchange the safety of workers. “These workers are paying for cheap gas with their lives and their limbs,” says the director of safety and health for the AFL-CIO, the umbrella federation for U.S. unions.
Will My Injury Lawsuit Help Other Oil Field Workers?
Legislation to protect oil field workers can be slow due to the massive amount of money the oil companies can put into lobbying, but Louisiana is one of at least four states that has statutes in place to prevent liability shifting. The attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat know these laws, and have first-hand experience with the oil industry. Learn what we can do for the injured, or the families of loved ones lost, by visiting our oil field workers accident page, or by contacting us for a free oil field accident consultation.
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