Investigation Opened After Gas Drilling Worker Killed
Investigators at the state and federal level have launched an investigation into the death of a gas drilling worker in Montrose, Pennsylvania.
According to Cabot Oil & Gas, the contract worker suffered injures while working in Susquehanna County. The injured worker was transported to Montrose Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Officials are waiting to notify relatives before releasing the identity of the worker.
According to Pennsylvania State police and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), all parties involved are thus far cooperating with the investigation of the incident.
Said Cabot Oil & Gas spokesperson George Stark, “We extend our sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased. We are heartbroken over this incident.” According to Stark, nobody else was injured in the incident.
Oil and Gas Workers Face Workplace Risks
Despite the benefits of working in the industry, oil and gas workers are at risk for a wide range of injuries ranging from moderate to fatal. Every day, workers are exposed to potential physical trauma. Common injuries include:
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Amputation and disfigurement
- Brain damage
- Chemical burns
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
- Slip & fall
Additionally, workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals that pose long-term health problems. These workers are around hazardous, highly combustible materials on a regular basis. Constant exposure over the course of a person’s career can lead to long-term health problems.
OSHA puts regulations in place intended to protect workers from harm, but often, this isn’t enough. Even with safety procedures, the oil and gas industry is high-risk. There are numerous safety hazards, even under the best of conditions.
How Do You Protect Yourself After a Workplace Injury?
Workplace injuries happen every day in our country, but some industries have a higher risk than others. The oil and gas industry is an example of this.
If you have been injured while on the job, you have rights that require protection. No matter the circumstances of your injuries, you could have a case that warrants a workplace injury claim.
The workplace injury accident attorneys at Heavens Law have extensive knowledge about injuries suffered in the workplace and the laws affecting compensation for these injuries. Workers’ compensation claims are complicated and every case is different. Working with an experienced attorney is important if you want to protect your rights.
For more information, contact Heavens Law at 888.897.5377.