One newspaper reportedly has looked at data produced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration concerning oil field accidents that have occurred since 2007. Among concerns of the newspaper was the failure of the federal government to implement safety standards concerning onshore oil and gas drilling for 22 years.
We've discussed before the risk of injury faced by oil field workers. Now the Grand Forks Herald reports that a young man from Kallispell, Montana, has died as a result of injuries suffered in an oil rig accident.
In today's uncertain economic climate, many high school graduates throughout Montana are choosing not to go to college and instead take to the oil fields for a sure paycheck. While these young people could begin a job with a starting salary of $50,000, the risk of serious oil field injuries is still a reality.
Oil workers in Montana know that their jobs can carry a risk of serious injury. But that doesn't mean that many accidents aren't preventable. When Bozeman-area residents suffer an injury through no fault of their own, the injured parties or their families should be aware of their rights to pursue compensation.