There was an explosion at an oil well site in Madison County, Mississippi on July 29, 2022. According to reports, the explosion occurred while six workers were performing maintenance on a storage tank. The tanks are owned by W.S. Red Hancock. All six of the workers sustained injuries in the explosion. Two were transported via helicopter, and the remaining via ambulance to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson for medical care. An investigation will be conducted by OSHA. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this explosion.
Unfortunately, incidents like this one are becoming all to common in the oilfield. There was a deadly oilfield accident near Fairview, Oklahoma on July 7, 2022.
Oil and gas extraction is dangerous work. Oil rigs can pose significant dangers both to workers and to the general public. When dangerous work is involved, extra precautions must be taken, or workers can suffer the consequence. According to the Center for Public Integrity, 1,566 oilfield workers were killed from 2008 through 2017. Centers for Disease Control statistics indicate that the fatality rate for oil and gas workers is seven times higher than for workers in general in the United States. The CDC indicates that transportation related incidents remain the highest cause of oilfield worker death.
Those touched by an accident in the oil field should know their legal rights and remedies, and act quickly to preserve them. Our attorneys have extensive experience in cases involving oilfield personal injury and wrongful death, including accidents in the oilfield. The firm has experience in courts across the country and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or as a result of an oilfield accident, or been seriously injured.
The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an oilfield accident. Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.