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Understanding maintenance and cure

With all of the oil derricks that can be seen throughout the state of Texas, it is easy to forget that a large portion of the state's drilling work (and the country's, for that matter) happens offshore. Working out on the open water on a drilling platform can present a number of risks, which is why such work routinely ranks amongst the most dangerous professions. If and when an accident happens on a rig (or during the course of traveling to or from one), workers are protected under maritime laws rather than those regulating traditional workers' compensation benefits. These laws entitle injured workers to maintenance and cure. 

The underlying issue within oil field accidents

The oil industry is crucial in today's world, but especially in Texas; after all, thousands of workers in the state make a living from natural gas and oil work. However, this industry also contains its fair share of dangers, including grueling hours, long commutes and work involving heavy equipment. These risks all follow the actual process of the job itself: the removal of hydrocarbons from the earth can create unsafe working conditions. With these extreme circumstances, protecting workers should remain a top priority, but accidents can nevertheless occur. 

The outlook for worker recruiting in the oil industry

Today's advanced technology has made countless jobs in Texas simpler, faster and safer. As a result, some industries have become less of a hazard to workers than in previous years. The oil industry, however, remains one of the most dangerous jobs for many reasons. Despite the plethora of jobs oil work has created, could it face challenges in acquiring workers down the road?  

When your health is at risk on an oil field

On the oil fields in Texas, literally every part of your body is vulnerable. While oil and gas extraction companies can lower the risks by following safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the health hazards associated with your job cannot be entirely eliminated. We at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., understand the responsibilities your employer has to protect your health.

OSHA requires appropriate hard hats in the oil fields

People who are working in the oil fields of Texas should have the appropriate personal protective equipment. Some of these are optional, and workers may purchase these items themselves. Others, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to provide. One of these is appropriate head gear.

Hazards associated with fracking

People with experience in operations using hydraulic fracturing to extract oil from the shale deep beneath Texas are probably familiar with some of the risks everyone on the site is exposed to. According to Safety+Health magazine, these dangers are causing some concern for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 

Significant factors related to workboat accidents

While some occupations in Texas come with more potentially dangerous working conditions than others, the maritime industry faces a large number of barge accidents in general. Injuries in this industry can result from malfunctioning operations, slips and falls, tugboat accidents and heavy equipment, among many other incidents. Employers provide barge workers proper safety procedures to follow upon working shifts; however, accidents in this industry nevertheless occur. 

Reducing risks from flammable vapors and heavy machinery

Knowing how to safely use equipment and identify hazards on the oil fields of Texas is essential. Even a small slip-up could cause you serious injuries, but the circumstances that lead to an accident could be beyond your control. The legal team at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., understand the dangers you face, and how to investigate incidents to determine all the underlying causes.

The importance of safety training in the oil fields

Workers in the oil and gas industries face high risk of serious or fatal injuries due to the nature of the job duties on oil fields in Texas. According to Bloomberg, some have expressed concern that a rapidly expanding workforce could lead to negligence in providing the proper training, while downturns could lead to cutting corners in the same area. However, whether the market for oil production is up or down, safety should always be a top priority for companies.

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