The oil and gas industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. With more workers on the job comes more risk for injury. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the oil and gas industries account for approximately 70% of all mining industry fatalities.
Driving is the most dangerous job in this industry. Most oil workers are not killed in the field or on the rig itself, but on the highway. Over 300 oil and gas workers have been killed on the road in the past decade. In addition to driving, this industry conducts most of their work with heavy machinery and with that comes the risk of serious injury. The following are common injuries that can occur in the oil and gas industry:
- Trauma or Crush Injuries from heavy lifts, hoists, drillers, and loading/unloading materials
- Hearing Loss from the loud machinery
- Chemical Exposure
- Internal or External Chemical Burns
- Fractures or Broken Bones
- Whiplash or other Neck Injures
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Amputations from getting a body part caught in equipment
- Shoulder & Arm Injuries
The oil and gas industry is one of the most dangerous fields and our Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to fight for your rights if you are injured on the job. If you have a loved one that has been unfortunately killed on the job, we can discuss that too. Contact Kaufman Law with any questions.