Bakken Oil Field Accidents Continue To Occur Minus The Splashy Headlines

The screaming headlines may have gone away but accidental injuries and deaths in the Midwest’s Bakken oil field region have not. They’re just not covered by the mainstream media as aggressively as before. Agencies such as the CDC, OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statisticsknow this all too well. Unlike the media, they continue to keep tabs on oil field related mishaps, injuries and deaths. And what do they, as a whole, have to say about work accidents in the Bakken oil field?

For starters, statistics collectively show that workers are likely to be injured in a number of ways. Explosions are obviously the most noticeable. However, they are thankfully not as common as construction vehicle and crushing accidents. Crushing accidents are of particular concern to many Bakken oil field employees because of the propensity for grave consequences. For example, victims may lose limbs, respiratory and brain function as a result of their injuries. And even non-catastrophic injuries may take months to heal, thereby reducing a person’s income.

Workers and nearby residents are also frequently at risk for chemical exposures, despite efforts by certain groups to the contrary. The list of toxins typically associated with Montana’s oil fields includes, but isn’t limited to lead, hydrogen sulfide, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Some exposure may lead to minor consequences whereas others could cause death. Death may come on quickly or after extended illnesses prompted by continuous or intermittent exposure. Either way, Bakken oil field workers operating equipment or working with chemicals have much to lose.

Therefore, those that find themselves injured or sick shouldn’t delay seeking legal help. Bakken oil field attorneys understand the precarious nature of injured workers’ positions. As such, they may assist them in pursuing financial compensation. To learn more aboutBakken oil field accidents and which options exist for recovery, please contact Odegaard Miller Law today.