When people think about oil and gas production, Ohio is usually not the state they picture. Texas is the state with the strongest association with the oil and gas industries, although some people may also think of Alaska and Oklahoma. Despite people’s preconceived notions, Ohio does have active wells around the state. There are people who help install and service those wells, as well as professionals who transport raw materials to refining facilities.
Oil and gas work can be very lucrative, as workers often command premium wages and receive comprehensive benefit packages from their employers. However, those wages come at a cost. Specifically, workers must accept that they are at higher risk of injury and death than those in many other blue-collar professions. According to federal data about the origins of oil and gas worker deaths, one issue, in particular, contributes to a significant number of oil and gas worker fatalities each year.
Transportation is the most dangerous job responsibility
An analysis of oil and gas worker fatalities from 2017 found a very surprising trend. Roughly 42% of the report infidelities involved a transportation incident of some sort. Most of those deaths occur on roadways, rather than at an extraction site.
Additionally, another 24% of the reported fatalities involved accidental contact with objects, which could include vehicles and other machinery at an extraction site. Struck-by injuries, in particular, can easily involve vehicles. They accounted for 13% of worker deaths. Although chemical exposure, fires and explosions often top the risk of worker concerns, the far more banal aspects of daily job responsibilities are often what put workers at risk in the oil and gas industry.
For every fatal incident, there are often multiple worker injuries. Many oil and gas workers suffer injuries ranging from broken bones to amputations after job-related vehicle incidents. Workers hurt in a transportation incident in the oil and gas industry may need to look into workers’ compensation benefits and other options for covering lost wages and medical expenses. Seeking legal guidance as proactively as possible can be very helpful in this regard.