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.
Out in the oil patch, working every day means taking on the elements. The different seasons can create special challenges and potential hazards.
For example, during the summer months, the Texas sun routinely produces temperatures in the triple digits, making it very easy for a worker to become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to lightheadedness and disorientation. The symptoms of dehydration can cause a worker to slip and fall off a ladder or scaffolding.
Winter can also produce conditions that increase the likelihood of falls. Ice, snow or just plain old rain can make surfaces slick. Even the best pair of construction shoes can’t keep a worker completely safe from taking a hard spill after stepping on an ice patch.
A slip and fall accident in any season could put an oilfield worker out of commission for an extended period of time. All the while, expenses can mount as money is not coming in. This is why workers’ compensation is so important for an injured worker. And workers should get all of the compensation to which they are entitled.
If you suffer an injury while working in a Texas oilfield, you may benefit from giving the Law Offices of Tyler & Peery a call. We have experience in helping injured oilfield workers pursue the full measure of their compensation