Drilling Rig Accident in West Virginia

by | Mar 8, 2023 | Oilfield Accidents, Personal Injury

There was an accident at an oilfield site in West Virginia on February 27, 2023.  According to reports, a worker was crushed while moving a drilling rig.  A crew was moving the rig, when the worker became pinned between a fork lift and the rig’s stairs.  The victim sustained crush injuries to his pelvis, and required multiple surgeries to stabilize his pelvis.  The victim of this workplace injury has been identified as Michael Moore of Curwensville, Pennsylvania.  Additional details have not yet been released.

Unfortunately, incidents like this one are becoming regular occurrences for workers.  There was a deadly accident at an oil well site in Chickasha, Oklahoma on October 6, 2022.  There was a deadly accident at a well site in McClain County, Oklahoma on October 9, 2022.  There was a deadly accident at an oilfield site near Malaga, New Mexico on November 28, 2022.  There was an oil rig explosion in Bakersfield, California on December 2, 2022.  There was a deadly accident at an oilfield site near New Town, North Dakota on January 5, 2023.

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 to learn more about your legal rights.