Oil rig workers face higher risks of both fatal and nonfatal injuries than employees in other industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As reported by Chron.com, extended workday schedules that last up to two weeks often lead to fatigue and add to the risk.

As noted on the CDC’s website, symptoms of fatigue include slowed-down reaction times and a lack of energy. Stress and physically demanding labor also impair work performance. Slow reflexes often increase the chance of an on-the-job accident.

Oil rig workers face higher risks of fatal accidents

Onshore oil rigs expose employees to dangerous substances such as petroleum and other flammable chemicals. A malfunctioning oil well could lead to an explosion or fire if workers cannot correct a situation quickly enough.

Machinery also poses a threat to safety for workers on oil rigs. Because the equipment generates high noise levels, employees could find themselves limited in their ability to communicate. This could cause a fatal accident if a worker cannot hear a signal or shouted a warning to shut off equipment.

Families may seek relief through a legal action

The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code allows families to file lawsuits against companies for a loved one’s wrongful death. A deceased employee’s surviving parents, spouse and children may seek recovery.

If another worker’s carelessness or lack of skill caused an employee’s injury or death, companies may face liability for damages. Broken or unsafe machinery also contributes to accidents. Failing to make repairs may result in holding a company accountable for an employee harmed or killed in an on-the-job accident.

In addition to equipment maintenance, oil rig companies owe a duty of care to train employees to operate machinery safely. Preventable workplace accidents that cause an injury or death may require relief through legal action.