The screaming headlines may have gone away but accidental injuries and
deaths in the Midwest’s Bakken oil field region have not. They’re
just not covered by the mainstream media as aggressively as before. Agencies
such as the
CDC, OSHA and the
Bureau of Labor Statisticsknow this all too well. Unlike the media, they continue to keep tabs on
oil field related mishaps, injuries and deaths. And what do they, as a
whole, have to say about
work accidents in the Bakken oil field?
statistics collectively show that workers are likely to be injured in a number of
ways. Explosions are obviously the most noticeable. However, they are
thankfully not as common as construction vehicle and crushing accidents.
Crushing accidents are of particular concern to many Bakken oil field
employees because of the propensity for grave consequences. For example,
victims may lose limbs, respiratory and brain function as a result of
their injuries. And even non-catastrophic injuries may take months to
heal, thereby reducing a person’s income.
Workers and nearby residents are also frequently at risk for chemical exposures,
despite efforts by certain groups to the contrary. The list of toxins
typically associated with Montana’s oil fields includes, but isn’t
lead, hydrogen sulfide, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.
Some exposure may lead to minor consequences whereas others could cause
death. Death may come on quickly or after extended illnesses prompted
by continuous or intermittent exposure. Either way, Bakken oil field workers
operating equipment or working with chemicals have much to lose.
Therefore, those that find themselves injured or sick shouldn’t delay
seeking legal help. Bakken oil field attorneys understand the precarious
nature of injured workers’ positions. As such, they may assist them
in pursuing financial compensation. To learn more aboutBakken oil field
accidents and which options exist for recovery, please
contact Odegaard Braukmann Law today.