Oil and gas drilling is an important part of Montana's economy. Working in the industry can pose unique health and safety hazards. At Cok Kinzler, PLLP, we understand and share the concerns of oil and gas workers.
As explained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oil and gas extraction work is classified as part of the mining industry. It shares some of the common hazards of any profession where resources are removed from the earth.
Each year, thousands of workers are injured and over 100 are killed as a result of accidents in the oil and gas industry. Relatively few oil and gas field fatalities are the result of fire and explosions, despite the flammable nature of the chemicals being extracted. Well over half of all fatal accidents recorded by the BLS in the mid-to-late 2000s were the result of transportation accidents on the job, or being struck by objects or equipment. Roughly 21 percent of days missed due to workplace accidents were the result of workers getting caught in machinery or otherwise being injured by work equipment. The fatality rate for oil and gas workers was higher than the fatality rate in other mining industry in the mid-to-late 2000s time period.
Many people suffer injuries on oil field sites because someone else was negligent or careless in their work. In some cases, employers can be held liable for the accident. In others, third parties can be held accountable. For more information about the dangers oil and gas extraction workers face, please visit our webpage.