Oil exploration is big business, and anything that slows exploration and production means lost revenue. As a result, employers may not adequately respond to equipment that is showing wear and tear or that has been reported to be malfunctioning. Maintenance may be delayed or even disregarded, leading to corroded pipes, valves, and generally ill-functioning equipment. This can lead to unsafe working conditions for employees that rely upon the safe functioning of this equipment to keep them safe on the job.
When malfunctioning equipment is ignored or safety features are not regularly checked and maintained, worker safety is compromised. In a crucial moment, if safety features can not be relied upon, serious accidents and even death can result.
Equipment can also malfunction because of manufacturer negligence or design defects, and can result in strict liability.
As the Deepwater Horizon accident shows, an accident can rise to historic proportions very quickly when safety is not properly managed. Our oil field injury attorneys are here to help. Such accidents are rarely anything but serious and life-changing. To recover the proper compensation for you and your family, you need an aggressive and experienced attorney on your side. Contact us today to discuss your case. We work on a contingent fee basis, meaning that you don’t pay us a dime until we have recovered compensation for your case.