OSHA and Texas Fatal Accidents in Oilfields

Written by greg on February 22, 2013

A recent report indicates that at least eleven people were needlessly killed in fatal accidents in Texas.  According to the report, OSHA has indicated that had the companies followed OSHA’s regulations, that the workers would not have been killed.

The original report was in the San Antonio express news, which indicated it, obtained the details of the OSHA investigation through a freedom of information request.  According to the report, every fatal accident that was investigated by OSHA in the group surrounding the Eagle Ford Shale fields involved safety violations.

OSHA regulates workplace safety in a variety of situations and has designed specific rules in order to protect employees and others from needless injuries or accidents.  The regulations are extremely specific and deal with each type of business and each activity of the business.

Many of the companies who lose workers in a fatal accident maintain workers compensation insurance to help protect the company in the event of a fatal accident.  However, if the incident is one where the company took known risks with the safety and welfare of the employees, the potential for exemplary damages may exist.

Additionally, many fatal and serious injury accidents are the result of not a single cause but a combination of different factors that cause the death.  In some cases, the injured victim or the deceased family against the third-party companies who contributed to the death of the family member can make a third-party claim.

There is no doubt that all fieldwork is dangerous and these latest reports of safety violations in the Eagle Ford Shale fields are a cause for concern for employees and for the companies

Greg Baumgartner is the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm, which is located at 6711 FM 1960 West, Houston Texas 77069


Posted Under: Safety, Worker's Compensation

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