There are inevitable risks associated with drilling for oil. This is why it is exceptionally important for oil and gas companies to take extreme precaution during the drilling process. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the oil and gas industry has an on-the-job fatality rate 7x greater than that of any other industry in the United States. The Texas Gulf Coast is one of the highest concentrated areas for chemical plants and oil refineries; corresponding directly to the large number of explosions in this region. These explosions can involve ammonia, acid spills, high steam, oil, gasoline, and many other harmful chemicals.
Many plants in this region are dated; and corporations become negligent when they continue operating yet fail to upgrade obsolete equipment. They often are reluctant to make these necessary upgrades because of the huge costs associated—bleeding heavily into company profits. This is no excuse; and we at Roberts Markland, LLP take every measure to ensure corporations are held accountable when their decisions in the board room cause harm or demise in the field.
If you are injured, or a family member has been killed in a gas or chemical explosion, call us today at (713)-630-0900 for a free evaluation of your case. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also fill out a contact form here and we’ll reach out to you at a time of your convenience.