Can an employer be held responsible for a wrongful death or burn injury at an oil and gas well explosion?
A man suffered significant burns in a West Texas explosion. The explosion, which occurred at about 6:00 am, involved two 500-barrel tanks at use in a saltwater disposal site south of Crane County. Area fire crews worked diligently for nearly an hour extinguishing the flames. The victim suffered burns to his hands and his face. Our prayers are with this man as he recovers. Though the cause of the explosion is yet to be determined, we cannot help but wonder if this man’s employer took the necessary precautions to insure his safety.
During oil and gas production, the saltwater, which is also known as brine, is used in a process called hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing, which is commonly referred to as fracking, has been used since the 1940s. During fracking, the brine is injected at a high pressure into the ground to create cracks in the rocks surrounding the well. The cracks release the oil and gas and permit it to flow into the well.
Explosions at job sites can lead to burn injuries or even wrongful death. Earlier this year, a single spark triggered a flash explosion in a West Virginal well during the “flow back” portion of the process, injuring five people.
If you have any questions regarding a work related injury, feel free to consult with an experienced lawyer. You can reach a Texas lawyer at 713-454-7875.
– Article By Richard Weaver