The city of Fort Stockton in Pecos County, Texas, was originally one of several forts which was part of the frontier fort system. Named after Robert Field Stockton, the founder of the fort, its location was chosen because of its proximity to Comanche Springs, one of the largest sources of spring water in Texas.
For nearly 100 years Fort Stockton was a well established leader in the sheep and cattle ranching industry. The opening of the nearby Yates Oil Field in the 1920s, however, brought oil barons to the area and many of the agricultural areas have been taken over by oilfield drilling and production.
The Dangers of Working on an Oil Rig
Over 8,500 people reside in Fort Stockton, with many of the residents working on the oil rigs both in the area and off-shore. Despite numerous safety efforts, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics approximately 4.2% of those working in the oil and gas industry are hurt on the job each and every year.
Some of the most common injuries include:
- Burns: Oil and gas are only two of the extremely flammable materials on and around a rig. A number of chemicals which are present at the job site are also highly flammable, and even the smallest of sparks can cause an explosion
- Brain and Head Injuries: Falls from great heights and dropped objects are often to blame for most brain and head injuries at an oil rig
- Amputations: Amputations are often due to heavy machinery and tools being dropped or improperly operated
- Exposure to toxic fumes: Numerous toxic chemicals are used at the work site. Prolonged exposure can result in brain damage and respiratory problems
What Is Causing These Accidents?
Many of the accidents which occur on these oil rigs are due to workers being improperly trained or behaving negligently while on the job. Other common causes are:
- Gas leaks
- Falling objects
- Slips and falls
- Chemicals which have been improperly stored
- Faulty or poorly maintained pipe tongs, grating, and other equipment on and around the rig
- Delayed equipment repair
- Poor communication
What You Should Do After an Oil Rig Injury
If you or someone you know has suffered an oil rig related injury, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation or be able to make a legal claim against your employer, a co-worker, or a third party.
We welcome you to discuss your claim with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys here at the Ruhmann law firm in a free initial consultation. Call us today at (915) 845-4529.
Directions to our texas Personal Injury Attorneys from Fort Stockton
These directions are from Google Maps starting from:
Fort Stockton, TX
Total Est. Time: 3h 40 mins
Total Est. Distance: 248 mi
- Head east on W 10th St toward N Main St
- Turn left onto N Main St
- Slight right onto FM 1053 N
- Turn left onto Interstate 10 Service Rd
- Turn right onto N Front St
- Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Interstate 10 Service Rd
- Take the I-10 W/US-67 S ramp on the left
- Merge onto I-10/US-67 S
- Take exit 16 for Executive Center Blvd
- Turn right onto Executive Center Blvd
- Turn left onto N Mesa St
- Turn right onto Shadow Mountain Dr
- Turn right onto Silver Springs Dr
- Make a U-turn at Diamond Point Cir
- Destination will be on the right
We are located at:
5915 Silver Springs Drive Bldg #1
El Paso, TX 79912