Last Friday, a man from San Antonio lost his life while working on an oil rig. The 39-year-old man was working on a rig at 7055 Highway 449 in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. Authorities are investigating the incident but have not released specifics regarding what they believe caused it or what killed the worker. The man was a veteran of the United States Army and had been working in the oil industry since he returned home from his service in 2004.
What Causes Oil Rig Accidents?
Oil rig accidents happen for a variety of reasons. The presence of large machinery, heavy pipes, and a volatile product make jobs in the oil industry some of the most dangerous in the nation. Oil rig workers are at constant risk of fires, explosions, falls, crush accidents, and fatigue during long and physically demanding shifts. According to some sources, 1,566 oilfield workers died between 2008 and 2017.
Companies know the dangers that their oil rigs present to workers and must protect them in any way possible. When they fail to provide the proper training for employees, do not maintain their rigs, or make unsafe demands, then they must be held responsible for their negligent behavior. Accidents are always preventable, and every employee deserves the benefit of an employer that is completely dedicated to safety. While America is in the middle of another oil boom, companies must avoid temptations that increase profits at the cost of safety.