Jeremy Thurman on November 15, 2011
Oklahoma is oil country, as evidenced by the thousands of oil pump jacks that dot the state’s landscape. Drilling for oil is not an easy task. It requires a lot of heavy equipment, and the people who work in the industry need specialized skills and knowledge. As with any job that uses heavy equipment, the potential for danger and accidents is increased for those who work in the oil industry. This is why Oklahoma oil field safety is so important, and why the state could take a lesson from its neighbor, Texas.
The Permian Basin STEPS (Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety) Network in Texas recently kicked off a campaign to focus on oil field safety. The campaign is called “Stop the Hurt,” and its goal is to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from oil field accidents.
Despite the down economy—or perhaps, because of it—many new people are seeking jobs in the oil industry, which continues to remain steady as people are continually dependent on oil-fueled transportation. The influx of so many new people means a lack of knowledge and experience that can lead to an increase in oil field accidents.
One thing the Stop the Hurt campaign teaches is that workers should immediately halt production upon noticing anything amiss. Preventing injury is more important than any loss of revenue caused by a work stoppage, something that must be communicated to workers who may not feel empowered to make such a decision.
The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board cleans up abandoned oil wells and educates the public about the oil industry. But more emphasis needs to be placed on educating oil field workers, and increasing safety initiatives.
Until that happens, if you or a loved one is injured in an oil field accident, contact the oil lawyers at McIntyre Law so we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.