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What Safety Failures Cause Fires and Explosions in Oil Fields?

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corpus christi personal injury attorneyWorking in the oil or gas industry is dangerous no matter what, but appropriate safety precautions can prevent accidental injuries and deaths in the oil fields or on oil rigs. When you are working in an already dangerous career, it is doubly important that your employer takes all the necessary safety measures to protect the lives and health of everyone on the job site. When they do not, fires and explosions can result and workers can be seriously injured or killed. If you were hurt by a fire or explosion in an oil field, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to find out if you may be entitled to compensation. 

What Are the Common Causes of Fires and Explosions in the Oil and Gas Industries? 

Fires and explosions are two of the biggest dangers in the oil and gas industries. They can happen very suddenly and be devastating. Common causes include: 

  • Low Ventilation - When people are working with flammable gases, a job site must have adequate ventilation in good working order to prevent that gas from building up and potentially combusting. 

  • Unsafe Electrical Wiring - Electrical wiring and other electrical equipment need to be properly grounded to reduce the risk of electrocutions and electrical fires, which can be challenging to put out safely. 

  • Improper Storage - Oil and gas byproducts and other fuels or flammable substances must be stored safely and away from anything that could spark and cause the flammable substance to explode. 

  • Unsafe Use of Combustion Tools - Welding torches and other tools that employ fire or extreme heat must be kept and used at a safe distance from combustible gases or other flammable substances to reduce the risk of fire or explosion. 

  • Fuel Line Leaks - All pipes, lines, hoses, and other means of moving fuel or combustible substances around the job site must be kept in good condition and regularly inspected. Even a small leak or tear in a fuel line can be extremely dangerous as a combustible or flammable substance leaks out. 

If you were hurt in a fire or explosion at an oil or gas industry job site, it could have been due to a negligent or unsafe business practice on the part of your employer.

Call a Nueces County Oil Field Accident Lawyer

The fire or explosion you were injured in will need to be investigated thoroughly by a qualified Corpus Christi oil field accidents attorney. Determining what caused the accident - and who is responsible - takes experience. The Edwards Law Firm has more than 100 years of combined personal injury experience. It is important that this investigation begins quickly before evidence is lost or concealed. Call 361-698-7600 for a free consultation. 

 

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