Oil fields can be dangerous places for workers, with injuries likely to be severe or even causing death. An explosion at a tank battery in Bristow, Okla., this morning killed one man and caused a work injury to another person who required hospitalization. With heavy equipment, flammable chemicals, moving mechanical parts and an industrial environment, oil fields often are the site of oilfield injuries which can have long recovery times.
A tank battery is a group of connected tanks which receive crude oil production from a well or a producing lease. In the tank battery, oil volume is measured and tested before pumping the oil into the pipeline system. A tank battery is also sometimes called a battery.
Fatal Oil Field Injuries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 120 fatal work injuries occurred in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2008. That year, the three most frequent fatal events were:
- transportation incidents (41 percent)
- contact with objects and equipment (25 percent)
- fires and explosions (15 percent).
Tragically, the number of fatal work injuries associated with fires and explosions is too high:
- 2006 – 21 fatalities
- 2007 – 10 fatalities
- 2008 – 18 fatalities.
If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed, you need to talk with a lawyer to determine your next steps. A personal injury attorney can help guide you through the legal issues that come with a severe work injury or wrongful death.
Carr & Carr Attorneys has experience helping individuals who have been injured in oilfield job-related accidents. Call 1-877-392-4878 to talk with an attorney who can help your family. Or email us by filling out the box on the right and we will contact you as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages if you were off work due to your oilfield injury, and pain and suffering.