Louisiana Oilfield Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Injured Oilfield Workers
Louisiana is rich with hundreds of lucrative oil fields scattered across the entire state. As an area of industry always looking for new employment, thousands of workers begin duty at these numerous locations, all of them, unfortunately risking potential injury or death. These are known as one of the most dangerous platforms of work in the United States, prone to accidents involving heavy machinery or volatile chemicals.
Many of these accidents, however, are not the fault of the employee. Equipment is sometimes improperly maintained, employers frequently undertrain their new workers, and potentially fatal accidents occur as a result of irresponsibility and negligence at the management level.
If you or a loved suffered injury or death on a Louisiana oilfield, the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin want to help put your life back together by representing you in a personal injury suit for financial retribution.
Potential Dangers Faced by Oilfield Workers
Most oilfield engineers and technicians are fully aware that they are in a dangerous line of work and take extra steps daily to ensure the safety of themselves and those around them, but often the accident that causes their injury is not caused at their level, but by the negligence or irresponsibility of those in leadership positions.
Depending on the circumstances, owners and supervisors may be liable for any of the following injuries:
- Explosions, fires, exposure to chemicals: It’s easy to imagine that workers on an oilfield may be exposed to these kinds of elements, but they are supposed to be securely contained. When workers come into contact with dangerous chemicals or a combustion, it is likely because these materials are out of place, and this may be due to poor planning or management.
- Slips and falls: Simple clumsiness may not be the root cause of significant slip and fall accidents. When workers slip, it may be that the surfaces are slippery and improperly marked in order to warn employees. Additionally, if workers fall, it may be due to improper measures in place to guard against the fall: for instance, missing guardrails or harnesses for workers at great heights.
- Falling objects: Workers at great heights may drop a tool, or a piece of equipment may deconstruct, falling on another employee, causing brain or spine trauma. A professional investigation of the incident may reveal that there were missing preventative measures protecting an incident such as this: the tools in workers at great highest should have been secured, the equipment was out of date, or a netting should have been installed to catch wayward items.
- Malfunctioning equipment: Owners of these oilfields often procrastinate the renovation of its equipment, and the imminent wear and tear may expose workers to harmful, combustible, or flammable materials. These are often traced back to the ownership or board levels.
Your Rights Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the nation’s leading regulatory association designed to monitor and enforce the maintenance of safe working environments. OSHA has a specific set of standards tailored for each industry, and when your Louisiana oilfield fails to meet those standards, and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation from the party or parties responsible. Arnold & Itkin can thoroughly investigate your accident and work to identify the root violation that led to your accident.
Advocating for Your Wrongfully Sustained Injury
Working with dangerous substances or at dangerous heights alone is not a sufficient excuse anymore for catastrophic or fatal injuries. Our industries have developed equipment that, if operated correctly, should protect more of our workers from unnecessary harm. We believe that making a living should not come at the cost of a great injury we want to help restore justice when you are hurt by the negligence of others.
Call Arnold & Itkin today at (225) 412-6348 for compassionate legal representation in your Louisiana oilfield injury case.