Industrial Accidents

There are many types of jobs in the industrial setting where employees and workers are at a higher risk for on-the-job injuries. Some of these jobs include work in oil fields, railways, construction, and refinery work. Every year, thousand of industrial workers sustain life-changing on-the-job injuries.

Various sectors of these industries, such as hot oil, drilling rigs, well completion, field operations, compressor stations, oil field trucking, transportation, scaffolding, storage and refining operations work, welding, and roofing all create very dangerous work environments. This doesn’t even include all of the heavy and dangerous equipment around all of the highly explosive and dangerous chemicals. These factors can all contribute to both minor and catastrophic injuries.

If you have been injured in an industrial, oil field, or refinery accident, do not assume workers' compensation is the only avenue that you have for recovery. There may be other third-party companies that are responsible for your injuries. This is why it is important to get a personal injury attorney such as Jose Orihuela. He will not only explore the workers' compensation benefits you are eligible for, but also seek out all potential available recovery. Plus, if your employer is not a workers' compensation subscriber, then he will also see if you can get a fair compensation through other legal methods.

The following is a list of causes for industrial accidents:

  • Vehicle accidents
  • Valve failures
  • Inadequate training
  • Inadequate safety equipment
  • Pipeline explosions
  • Gas compressor stations
  • Well explosions and fires
  • Derrick collapses
  • Well drilling, completion, servicing, and operation
  • Rig blowouts
  • Equipment failure
  • Falling equipment
  • Falls from rigs and equipment
  • Contractor negligence or recklessness
  • OSHA violations

The types of injuries that are likely to occur are the following:

  • Severe burns from chemicals or fires
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Electrocution
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals and gases
  • Loss of limbs and amputation
  • Seizures, numbness, and loss of consciousness
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Internal organ injuries

Things you need to know:

  • Immediately tell your employer and OSHA about the accident.
  • Get yourself medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Get all the contact information for witnesses (names, addresses, phone numbers).
  • Take photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any faulty equipment.
  • DO NOT make a statement to an insurance adjuster without first speaking to an attorney.
  • DO NOT give a medical record authorization before talking to an attorney.
  • DO NOT accept a settlement without first consulting an attorney.