The rapid expansion of gas and oil extraction in the Bakken Oil Field that
straddles Montana and North Dakota has led to economic prosperity for
many in the area, but tragedy for others dealing with the deaths and injuries
that have resulted from associated worksite accidents. With all the money
pouring in from the oil fields, it's easy to forget just how dangerous
this work can be.
What the Numbers Say
half of all work-related deaths in North Dakota were associated with oilfield work. In 2012 in particular,
72% of work-related deaths in North Dakota were related to work taking place at Bakken. While Montana
has not yet experienced quite as much expansion in production as North
Dakota, oilfield related injuries and deaths are still quite high here.
Injuries in Montana oil fields often involve one or more of the following:
- Blowouts or explosions in wells or tanks.
- Slip and fall accidents on rigs or decks.
- Inadequate employee training.
- Improperly maintained rigs.
- Vehicular accidents involving gas or oil transportation.
- Falling tools, debris or other objects.
- Damaged, inadequate or missing guard rails.
- Exposure to fumes, toxins or chemicals.
Although Montana law usually forbids workers at oilfields from filing lawsuits
against their employers for any injuries they receive, they might still
be able to get compensation for their injuries from the owner of the well,
other contractors or even subcontractors. It's also sometimes possible
for injured oil workers to sue the manufacturers of any equipment involved
in their accident if that equipment is defective. If you've been injured
and want to know more about your options, please feel free to
contact us. Our experienced team will be happy to help you.