As if the Bakken Region didn’t have enough problems, workers now
have to worry about sustaining
oil field injuries as a result of alleged arson.
WHO TV covered the latest blaze in mid October 2016. Thankfully, in that incident,
oil field employees left unscathed. But that isn’t always how fires
in the oil industry end. Case in point, suspected arsonists aren’t
the only ones setting things a blaze in the Bakkens.
As evidenced by an October article in the
Bismarck Tribune, there have been flash fires taking place too. In the case of the latter,
there were noted oil field injuries and fatalities. These types of burns
have the potential to be extreme, given the flash point of most crude
oil and its byproducts. The oils and byproducts also tend to burn hot
and generate a good deal of harmful
fumes. Thus, the range of potential oil field injuries where fires are concerned
may be staggering.
In August 2016,
SpringerPlus published a piece on the cost of treating general burn injuries. However,
we may use the data as a base for calculating what employees may face
after sustaining a fire-related, oil field injury. Given that oil fires
burn so hot and often produce boil overs, we can assume that many workers
would sustain third-degree burns that covered more than 10% of their bodies.
As such, initial treatment costs are likely to extend well beyond the
It also goes without saying that the initial treatment costs don’t
take into account worst-case scenarios such as permanent disfigurement,
skin graft failure, PTSD, and systemic infections. Plus, there is no mention
of lost wages and the impact that may have on the injured oil worker or
his family. To learn more about the full weight of oil field injuries
and what recourse burn victims or their families may have, please
contact the Odegaard Braukmann Law Office today.