Texas is blessed to have booming oil, gas, and chemical industries within its borders. These industries keep many Texans employed and provide needed stimulus to the economy. They are also industries that are rife with accidents, causing severe injuries and sometimes proving fatal. At Annie McAdams, PC, we are a Texas personal injury firm that proudly helps those injured by oil rigs, gas wells, and at chemical storage facilities.
Texas Oil Accidents
Oil rigs produce a very dangerous work environment. There are fast-moving parts and confined spaces. Slips falls, and fires are prone to happen. In order to stay safe while working on an oil rig, there must be strict safety protocols in place that are followed by all people working on the rig. Common reasons accidents occur on oil rigs are:
- Failure to follow mandatory safety procedures
- Inadequate training of supervisors and other key employees
- Inadequate maintenance of equipment
- Pressure to meet deadlines and overlook needed hazard analyses
- Use of defective equipment
- Improper use of equipment
Texas Gas Accidents
The natural gas industry in Texas is growing by leaps and bounds. Even more areas of our state are being drilled, and more pipelines are being installed. The quick pace set to have these pipelines placed sometimes means the quality of the work is compromised. When the lines are not installed correctly, gas is often able to leak. All that needs to occur at that point is for the leaking gas to come in contact with a spark and a severe explosion will occur, injuring anyone within range.
Texas Chemical Accidents
Chemicals are inherently dangerous and highly flammable, and an accident handling them can result in a dangerous fire or explosion. And they can be dangerous even without a fire or explosion. Sometimes, just breathing the fumes is enough to cause injury. There have also been cases of chemicals leaking into water. Some of the chemicals in danger of being released are benzene and isobutylene. Common causes of the chemical accidents are:
- Improperly trained and unsupervised employees
- Violations of mandated safety rules and regulations
- Improper storage of the hazardous chemicals
- Lack of machinery maintenance
Investigations Into Texas Oil, Gas, & Chemical Accidents
A successful personal injury case for a victim injured in an oil, gas, or chemical accident begins with a thorough investigation. Evidence must be gathered, experts consulted, and witnesses interviewed. It is in your best interest to have an attorney experienced in these matters assist you with conducting the research needed to prove your case pursuant to Texas law.
Representation From A Texas Oil, Gas, & Chemical Accidents Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Texas oil, gas, or chemical accident, we are here to help. We understand how these industries work and the injuries that can result when things go wrong. We may be reached by calling 713-785-6262 or via our contact page.