Given the remote areas in which oil and gas industry activity takes place
across the U.S., when there's an
oil field accident, it can often take hours for emergency responders to arrive on the scene
and even longer to get injured workers to the hospital. According to a
report from the Associated Press, Troy Easton, of North Dakota, is seeking to
Six years ago, Easton made a career change from flight paramedic to drill
rig operator. He did it for the money. But after his own medical emergency
resulted in an hour-long drive to the hospital, he was inspired to begin
Easton Health & Safety. The company uses on-site paramedics and helicopters
to reach the remote areas where oil fields are located. By doing so, less
time is spent waiting for emergency response and more lives are saved,
the article stated. The company has responded to more than three dozen
calls since March.
North Dakota is the second largest oil producer in the country, and the
state with the most worker deaths. According to figures provided by AFL-CIO,
the 104 deaths per 100,000 oil workers in the state in 2012 is more than
six times the national average.
NIOSH oil and gas extraction council member, Dr. Kurt Papenfus, stated
that on-site paramedics are a common thing for offshore rigs and those
onshore in extraordinarily remote places like Alaska's North Slope.
However, they're not common at all for oil fields in the continental
U.S. But they should be more prevalent, he said.
Many oil field accidents are preventable and are due to recklessness on
the job site or the failure of employers to properly train their workers
or to provide adequate equipment. Once injured, oil field workers often
are left struggling to pay for their expenses. If you've been injured
in an oil field accident, we can help you to get the workers' compensation
benefits and other compensation you deserve. For more information,