You probably knew that the oil industry was dangerous when you signed on. It would be reasonable to assume that there could be significant risks from heavy equipment, slippery surfaces and even from explosions and fires.
Is likely that your employer also understands these risks. Many of the petroleum industry businesses in New Mexico take adequate OSHA precautions and cover their risks with robust, industry-specific, workers' compensation insurance policies. However, there are certain risks that employers tend to underestimate, and these oversights could lead to grave consequences for you and your fellow oil field workers.
One of the most dangerous parts about the industry has little to do with the potential for gas explosions, exposure to toxic chemicals or the constant deafening sound of equipment. It is much more of an everyday risk: driving.
If you drive a truck or operate any type of heavy machinery on the job, your role may be more dangerous than your employer thinks. In fact, many of the deadliest accidents you could sustain during oil-field work would probably happen while you are behind the wheel of one of these vehicles.
Even if your injuries did not happen on the field, you could still be entitled to protection under the New Mexico workers' compensation laws. OSHA and the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health provide numerous guidelines for keeping you safe on the road while you are working. It is your employers' responsibility to keep you safe whenever you are performing actions on their behest.
If your company or their insurance provider do not give you an adequate resolution to your claim, you could still have a chance to put your life back together. Please do not view this as legal advice. Personal injury law outcomes often depend on a case-specific analysis, and this is only general background information.