Holding Employers Accountable For Oil Field Accidents
As an oil field worker in Oklahoma, you know just how intense and dangerous your job can be. You work long hours alongside heavy machinery, sometimes in difficult terrain and unfavorable weather conditions. You’re aware of these risks and take the proper steps to avoid them; however, there are certain hazards that do not make themselves as obvious.
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms yet cannot find the source?
- Eye irritation
- Nausea and dizziness
- Nasal pain
If so, then you may have been exposed to dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide. Get medical attention and consult with an experienced OKC work accident attorney as soon as possible!
At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, we care deeply about the safety of workers throughout the state of Oklahoma. Please let us help you get the compensation you need to recover from your work injury or illness. To learn more about your rights and legal options in a free, informative consultation, call us today at 800-539-0652.
Hydrogen Sulfide: The Invisible Killer
Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic gas that can incur symptoms within as little as a single breath, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Not only that, the gas is invisible and cannot be smelled at higher levels. Therefore you cannot rely on your senses alone to avoid exposure.
Along with the aforementioned symptoms of minor exposure, the gas, in cases of more severe exposure, can cause loss of consciousness, suffocation and even death!
Your Employer Is Responsible For Your Safety
As a worker, you have the right to expect a properly maintained and relatively safe working environment at all times. This means your employer should ensure that all personnel are properly trained and that all hazards, including hydrogen sulfide, are identified and sufficiently dealt with.
If your employer does not provide you with the following preventative and protective measures against hydrogen sulfide poisoning, it may constitute an act of negligence:
- Respiratory equipment
- Hydrogen sulfide detection systems that give visual and/or audible warning
- Wind direction indicators
- Preplanned escape routes
- Adequate warning signs
- Rescue protocol
Although you cannot directly sue your employer (barring certain circumstances), you may file a workers’ compensation claim and get benefits including:
- Medical care and rehabilitation
- Weekly income
- Permanent and temporary disability
- Survivors benefits (loved ones can pursue this benefit in cases of death)
Furthermore, you may file a separate civil lawsuit against a third party (if applicable) and receive coverage for damages in addition to workers’ comp benefits. For more information, you can speak with one of our helpful legal associates at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst.
The Right Lawyer For You
Do you want a lawyer who will prioritize your well-being over profit, keep you in the loop every step of the way and has a history of winning the compensation you need to build a better future. Don’t delay, call our office today at 800-539-0652!