Life as a Texas oilfield worker can be quite lucrative. Often workers put in long hours at a good rate of pay, and the dollars can really add up. But the oil companies that hire workers are not giving their money away; workers earn every penny. This is because the work is very strenuous and it takes someone who is physically strong and has a good work ethic to show up every day to get things done.
An oilfield worker’s job depends on their ability to use their hands. Any sort of hand injury could result in a worker having to miss valuable time from the job. An extremely serious hand injury could permanently prevent an oilfield worker from being able to work at all.
Oilfield work can offer good wages. Those who chose to make a career of helping extract crude from the ground can earn a healthy living. But, this type of work also has its hazards. For example, it is not unusual for workers to have to fulfill their tasks while on ladders, platforms or scaffoldings. A worker could easily suffer a catastrophic injury should they slip and fall from their elevated workstation.
In Texas, the oil business looms large in the state’s mythology. The statewide boom of fracking and drilling has given the industry more attention of late. But as we have previously pointed out, not all of that attention is for positive reasons. In spite of the focus on safety provided by the oil companies and government agencies, fatal accidents can still occur in Texas oil fields.
Among all of the elements necessary to get crude oil up and out of the Texas soil, two in particular seem to come to mind. First, you need heavy machinery for burrowing deep into the ground and performing the extraction process. Second, you need strong workers who have the skills required to operate the equipment. In order to decrease the likelihood of oilfield accidents, a drilling company should take precautions to ensure that their equipment is well maintained and that those operating the equipment are properly trained and qualified.
Crude oil is truly the lubricant that greases the gears of American industry. Texas has a long-established heritage of providing the country with a steady supply of this important commodity. In fact, oil is sometimes humorously referred to as “Texas tea.”
In this blog, we have previously discussed the ever expanding use of a process called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, which is being employed as a means of extracting oil up from the ground. Fracking has taken hold in Texas and other states throughout the United States. Its implementation has created an abundance of new jobs and put billions of dollars of revenue in local and state coffers.
The recent expansion of drilling and hydraulic fracturing for oil in the state of Texas has helped produce substantial numbers of new jobs for oilfield workers. While this is certainly great news for the workforce and the economy, the new boom has come at a price. Recently released statistics indicate that fatal oilfield accidents have been on the rise.