If you or someone in your family works in the oil and gas industry in New Mexico or the surrounding area, you know that there are many unique dangers associated with jobs in this industry. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration have put in place a strong set of safety requirements that employers are supposed to follow but unfortunately sometimes they do not. It is important for employees to know their rights in the event they need to seek compensation.
According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, an average of six out of every ten workplace deaths in the oil and gas industry involve a person being caught between objects, caught in something or struck by an object. Vehicle accidents that happen often when transporting workers to and from job sites accounted for the majority of the remaining fatalities.
In the five years spanning from 2013 to 2017, close to 490 workers on oil and gas sites lost their lives in the course of performing their jobs. In addition to the above factors, other dangers faced by workers in this industry include fires, falls, explosions, chemical exposure and being confined to very small spaces where the risk of asphyxiation exists.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give oil and gas field workers and their families some insight into the known risks associated with their lines of work and how the government laws are designed to protect them by defining clear safety requirements that employers should meet.