A Halliburton employee died while servicing a well on an oil rig in January. There were unsafe work conditions present at the time of this death. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a $14,000 fine to Halliburton for two serious safety violations. Was this enough? Similar situations equal wrongful death cases.
The person was killed when a pipe from a high-pressure line fell. It struck him on the head causing a head injury during a hydraulic fracturing job. A representative from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said Halliburton “failed in its responsibility to maintain a worksite free from recognized safety hazards, such as struck-by hazards that can occur as the result of high-pressure lines and stored energy.” We agree with the representative also stated, “it is tragic when a worker is killed on the job; employers must take all precautions to prevent such incidents.” If you have a similar case and think the employer is responsible for the wrongful death incident, we want to help you investigate the cause.
In the previous case mentioned, a fine of $7,000 was issued for each individual infraction. The Houston-based oil company has not previously been cited for violations in the state where the incident occurred. Wrongful death incidents that occur because of workplace injuries should be investigated not only by the employer but the family of the deceased victim.
– Article By Richard Weaver