Recent reports on the oil and gas industry predict that Bakken oil field production will
increase in the coming years; one estimate is that by 2019, it will yield
oil at a rate of 1.3 million barrels per day.
After oil gets extracted, it must be transported to other locations as
it undergoes stages of refinement and distribution. Pipelines are one
oil transport method. Trains, ships, and trucks are others. Workers involved
in the transport of oil from the Bakken fields will potentially handle
or monitor hundreds of millions of gallons over time.
What are the risks workers face during the oil transport process?
Pipeline blowouts are one major risk. When pipelines aren't constructed
well or don't receive regular maintenance, they can leak, rupture,
and explode. Workers caught in the path of an explosion can suffer severe
burns, broken limbs, and head and spine injuries. Should they survive,
they may face multiple surgeries and long months of rehabilitation. Some
may suffer permanent injuries and require an assistive device such as
Another kind of
work accident involving oil transport is a train crash or derailment. In the aftermath
of such accidents, we often hear about how much oil get spilled into the
surrounding environment. But it's also important to remember what
the workers themselves suffer as a result - from the impact of the collision,
the fires, and the direct exposure to pollutants.
Workers may not receive adequate training for their transport-related jobs,
putting them at greater risk of accidents and injuries. They may also
get assigned to work with hazardous machinery that's kept in poor
condition. After any transport-related accident, it's important to
discuss the details with a reputable attorney. When you
contact us, we will help you determine liability, deal with insurance claims, and
address worker's comp issues. Any worker suffering the effects of
an oil transport accident deserves fair compensation for their losses.