We depend on oil workers to extract and process the materials that fuel many of our machines and keep our country running. When working with such volatile materials, site managers must make sure that the operation is running smoothly and safely. A single oversight can result in catastrophic consequences, for both oil field workers and the environment.
What are the Basic Safety Requirements for Oil Rigs?
To make sure that your manager is providing a safe workplace for you, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are employees drug tested?
- Are employees thoroughly screened before hiring?
- Can you find documentation of prior accidents?
- Are there emergency procedures in place for accidents or explosions?
- Are workers subjected to routine drills?
- Is safety equipment (headgear, shoes, boots, glasses, hearing protection) provided, or is the use of safety equipment enforced?
- Is the equipment defective or out-of-date?
- Were employees thoroughly trained on each piece of equipment?
- Are there plenty of working fire extinguishers, fire alarms and suppressant systems throughout the site?
- Can you see any frayed wires, cables or hoses?
- Is someone checking for air or fluid leaks?
- Is someone checking oil and grease levels?
- Is someone checking engines and compressors for fuel levels, coolant levels and oil temperatures?
- Are fasteners in place to prevent falling objects?
- Is there proper air flow throughout the cooling systems?
Who is Liable for Oil Rig Injuries?
If you were seriously injured, or if a loved one was killed, due to an oil rig accident, review the list above. Any of these factors could have contributed to the accident, in which case the employer may be responsible for the damages. An attorney experienced in the oil field industry can investigate the scene, review the accident, find out what went wrong and help you move forward.
Galloway Jefcoat LLP – Oil Field Injury Attorneys