There’s no doubt that working on an oil rig is one of the most dangerous professions there is. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as many oil rig workers suffered fatal injuries as soldiers in Afghanistan in the same ten-year period. With such a high mortality rate, you may be wondering who investigates these oil companies after an accident, and what the consequences are.
Who investigates accidents?
Just like construction companies and related industries, the law requires oil companies to report workplace accidents in oil extraction to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA is a sub-agency of the United States Department of Labor. Its job is to regulate and oversee employers’ measures taken to keep their employees reasonably safe from injury and death.
What happens if the company is at fault?
If an investigation reveals that a workplace accident and injury was the result of an oil company’s omission or neglect of a safety measure, they can face serious consequences. OSHA has the authority to levy hefty fines against the company for violations of their safety regulations. If the company fails to file an accurate and timely report of the incident, they can face even greater consequences.
A worker that suffers an injury has recourses. If you or someone you know has suffered an accident on an oil rig or oil field, you could qualify for workers’ compensation. You can receive regular payments to meet your needs and take care of your medical expenses while you recover from your injury.
Despite safety measures in place, the oil extraction industry is an extremely dangerous environment to work in. It’s good to know that injured workers have options, and oil companies are held accountable for creating unsafe conditions.