January 25 2013
There’s been a lot of dialogue about gas prices and the effect they’re having on vehicle sales. On the one hand, we’ve seen reports showing that fuel efficiency is now the main facto...
December 17 2012
It happens all too frequently, ranging from a little fender bender to a rollover: motor vehicles collide on a roadway. Unfortunately, auto accidents just happen. Weather factors obviousl...
Roughnecks and other oil and gas industry employees work long and hard hours in field. Gas and oil drilling is a high-risk industry with workplace injuries including amputations, crush injuries, injuries from blowouts and explosions, dismemberment, broken bones and other drill rig injuries. Who is responsible if a rig falls and a rough neck is injured?
Because of the concentration of oil rigs and related operations in Texas, there are numerous workplace injuries on oil and gas rigs. Despite a wealth of safety regulations and procedures, working on an oil rig is dangerous. Gas leaks, blowouts, falling pipes, and toxic exposure are just a few of the potential dangers an oil rig worker faces. Other causes of accidents are: climbing to an unsafe position, worker fatigue, unsafe employer-required procedures, lack of training/supervision and using the wrong tools.
Texas law does not require employers to carry insurance to compensate its employees. Texas law also does not require employers to have in place any system of recouping lost wages for injuries suffered on the job. Although some employers do have workers compensation insurance, it is often times woefully inadequate. An oilfield accident injury claim may involve a subcontractor, a government entity, or a third party.