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From falls to burns: Safety concerns in North Dakota oil fields

The oil and gas industry is good for the North Dakota economy, but the work can be dangerous. Oilfield workers face many hazards on the job, and injuries are unfortunately common.

Strict safety regulations help prevent accidents, but they still injure and kill many workers each year. Understanding the involved risks can help you remember to practice due caution on the job. Knowing what to do in the aftermath can help ensure fair compensation.

Shortcuts and oversights cause accidents

Some of the most common causes of oilfield accidents include improper supervision, training and maintenance. When workers have inadequate safety training or are rushed to complete a task, the risk of accidents increases. Additionally, if equipment is not maintained, it can malfunction –potentially causing devastating injuries.

The spectrum of oilfield injuries

Oilfield accidents can result in a variety of injuries, including brain trauma, severe burns and back injuries. Head injuries often involve falls, being struck by objects or explosions. Burns can occur from exposure to fire, hot oil or chemicals, and back injuries arise from heavy lifting, repetitive movements or maintaining awkward postures.

Compensation for your injuries

You deserve financial restitution for your injuries and other losses. Most employees get workers’ compensation protection, but what if your claim falls through or does not address your medical needs?

You may be eligible for a third-party liability claim when negligence contributed to your injuries. Here are two examples:

  • Manufacturers: Product liability claim if defective parts or equipment led to your injuries
  • Property owners: Premises liability for negligently unsafe conditions contributing to the incident

Leaving no stone uncovered in your search for the maximum allowable compensation can ease your future after a severe oilfield injury. Legal guidance can improve your odds of success.