Experienced Oil Field Injury Law Firm
North Dakota is in the middle of an oil boom and oil field workers are flooding into the area. The increase in the number of oil field workers has meant a steep rise in injuries and deaths. The fatality rate for gas and oil field workers stands seven times higher than any other industry.
Why are these injuries and deaths occurring? The work is dangerous and many workers are inexperienced or not properly trained. Also, with shifts generally lasting 12-14 hours – often for two consecutive weeks – the risk of an accident due to fatigue is very high. The situation is so grim with regard to death and injuries in this industry in North Dakota, that the U.S. Secretary of Labor issued a statement, “Job gains in oil and gas and construction have come with more fatalities, and this is unacceptable.”
Possible types of accidents include motor vehicle fatalities related to transportation between work sites, pit falls, equipment failures, crane accidents, drilling accidents, and countless others. Those who take a job in the North Dakota oil fields are hoping for a better life, and often have a family and children to support. The promises of higher pay are alluring, but the lack of training and experience is believed to be a contributing factor in the shocking numbers of deaths and injuries.