Work Accidents During Oil Transport: What To Watch Out For

Recent reports on the oil and gas industry predict that Bakken oil field production will increase in the coming years; one estimate is that by 2019, it will yield oil at a rate of 1.3 million barrels per day.

After oil gets extracted, it must be transported to other locations as it undergoes stages of refinement and distribution. Pipelines are one oil transport method. Trains, ships, and trucks are others. Workers involved in the transport of oil from the Bakken fields will potentially handle or monitor hundreds of millions of gallons over time.

What are the risks workers face during the oil transport process?

Pipeline blowouts are one major risk. When pipelines aren't constructed well or don't receive regular maintenance, they can leak, rupture, and explode. Workers caught in the path of an explosion can suffer severe burns, broken limbs, and head and spine injuries. Should they survive, they may face multiple surgeries and long months of rehabilitation. Some may suffer permanent injuries and require an assistive device such as a wheelchair.

Another kind of work accident involving oil transport is a train crash or derailment. In the aftermath of such accidents, we often hear about how much oil get spilled into the surrounding environment. But it's also important to remember what the workers themselves suffer as a result - from the impact of the collision, the fires, and the direct exposure to pollutants.

Workers may not receive adequate training for their transport-related jobs, putting them at greater risk of accidents and injuries. They may also get assigned to work with hazardous machinery that's kept in poor condition. After any transport-related accident, it's important to discuss the details with a reputable attorney. When you contact us, we will help you determine liability, deal with insurance claims, and address worker's comp issues. Any worker suffering the effects of an oil transport accident deserves fair compensation for their losses.