ADVOCATES FOR INJURED OIL REFINERY WORKERS
The oil and gas industry is full of dangerous occupations. In 2015, the industry had the third highest fatal workplace injury rate in the country. Due to the number of dangers and the scope of the work, injuries that are sustained while working at an oil refinery can be quite severe — and oftentimes deadly.
TYPES OF OIL REFINERY INJURIES
Oil refinery workers suffer from a litany of injuries each year, some more severe than others. Here are a few examples of what types of injuries a worker could sustain during an accident:
- Burns from fire, explosions, or chemicals
- Illness from toxic chemical exposure
- Brain injuries
- Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Internal organ injuries
This is by no means an exhaustive list of injuries that refinery workers suffer from each year. If you were injured in any capacity while working at an oil refinery, you may be entitled to compensation. If the unthinkable happens and a loved one is killed on the job, contact our experienced team of personal injury attorneys. We have a proven track record of helping our clients and their families receive the compensation they deserve for the pain and suffering they have incurred.
FATAL OIL REFINERY ACCIDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Here is a small sampling of some of the fatal oil refinery accidents that have occurred across the United States.
- March 2005 — Texas City, Texas, oil refinery explosion
- 15 deaths
- 170 injuries
- April 2010 — BP Deepwater Horizon, oil refinery explosion
- 11 deaths
- 17 injuries
- April 2010 — Anacortes, Washington, heat exchanger rupture
- Seven deaths
- September 2012 — Wynnewood, Oklahoma, boiler explosion
- Two deaths
- January 2015 — Corpus Christi, Texas, oil refinery fall
- One death
WHAT CAUSES OIL REFINERY INJURIES?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the most common causes of workplace fatalities are:
- Transportation incidents
- Slips and falls
- Exposure to harmful chemicals or materials
- Contact with objects and equipment
- Fires and explosions
Many times, these causes are a result of negligence, whether it is on the part of a foreman or the oil refinery company. Failure to maintain equipment, implement safety procedures, or properly train workers can lead to catastrophic injuries or deaths.
OIL REFINERY INJURY AND DEATH STATISTICS
The following statistics regarding the oil and gas industry are provided by the BLS:
- A total of 120 fatal work injuries occurred in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2015.
- In 2015, the oil and gas extraction industry had the third highest rate of fatal workplace injuries (behind the agriculture, forestry, and fishing injury, and the transportation and warehousing industry)
- Texas oil and gas workers suffered 36 fatal workplace injuries in 2015.
EMPLOYING THE BEST EXPERT WITNESSES FOR YOUR REFINERY ACCIDENT CASE
It can be crucial to the success of your refinery accident case to find the best expert witnesses possible. An expert witness — or judicial expert — provides specialized knowledge and brings expertise that average people may not have. Their reports and testimony can play an extremely important role in developing your personal injury case to its fullest.
We have spent decades finding the best expert witnesses in the United States. At Thomas J. Henry, each expert witness we employ has went through a rigorous examination and questioning process, ensuring they are the right witness for the case. We are continuously looking for new and inventive ways to use expert witnesses in oil refinery injury lawsuits.
Experts used in your refinery accident case could include:
- Accident reconstructionists
- Welding experts
- Engineering experts
- Hazardous chemical experts
- Safety equipment experts
- Occupational and environmental health experts
- Process safety management experts
- OSHA consultants
- Confined space permit experts
Refinery accident cases can be complex, so employing the services of one of the experts listed above can be vital in providing pertinent information. Thomas J. Henry employs a multitude of experts, ensuring our clients that their case is taken seriously and put in the best position to achieve the maximum amount of compensation for their refinery injury.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED OIL REFINERY INJURY ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured while working at an oil refinery, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced oil refinery accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Thomas J. Henry has a record of achieving record-breaking, real results for clients injured in workplace accidents. Call us today for a free case review.