Oil rig workers are exposed to numerous dangers in the workplace. Because oil rigs house hazardous materials, a variety of factors could trigger a tragic incident. One of the most catastrophic accidents that can occur at an oil rig is an explosion. With the high use of electricity and fuel to run different machinery, even a tiny spark could ignite an explosion.
Common Causes of Oil Rig Explosions
While working at an oil rig, there are different hazards that could cause a catastrophic explosion, including:
Oil and its byproducts are highly flammable, and it only takes a small spark to ignite it—putting all workers in danger. Often, the spark that starts a fire usually starts in the kitchen or another area and comes in contact with oil after it spreads. In other cases, fires might be caused by exposing oil to other hazardous substances. Using welding tools near flammable substances can create also sparks and ignite highly flammable chemicals.
Oil rig blowouts can occur when the rig applies too much pressure during drilling, causing the pool of underground oil to erupt. Although blowouts are not as common due to modern blowout preventers, workers should still be trained in how to manage preventer failure to prevent blowouts from occurring.
The machinery used for oil rig utilities is complex, constantly moving, and requires routine maintenance. Unfortunately, some employers skip maintenance to reduce costs—but they do so at the risk of harming employees. Defective equipment might include corroded pipes and valves, malfunctioning equipment, damaged tongs and cables, and inadequate safety checks.
Negligence is when a professional fails to provide the standards of performance that have been established to protect against preventable hazards. If employers install equipment incorrectly, fail to maintain equipment, or neglect to train employees in proper safety procedures, then employers are responsible for the resulting injuries.
Oil Rig Explosion Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in an oil rig explosion, contact our industrial accident attorneys as soon as possible. Arnold & Itkin has helped hundreds of injured workers receive the financial security needed to take care of themselves and their families. Our attorneys have vast knowledge and experience in the oil drilling industry and will work tirelessly to receive the best possible results for your case. Review your legal options with our attorneys today.