Are Oil Companies Looking Out for Their Workers?

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With an increase in offshore drilling comes an increase in oil worker injuries. This is further discussed in the article Substandards for Overworked Oil Workers Are Common in the Industry.  The pursuit of profits by the oil industry is also further discussed in here.

Houston, Texas Attorney Michael Tilton discusses the responsibilities that the oil companies have to keep their workers safe. Contact him at 888-365-1311.

Video Transcript:

I’m Rob Rosenthal and this is Ask The Lawyers…

As oil prices continue to decline, energy companies are drilling more and at a more rapid pace. Offshore drillers are pushing into deeper and deeper waters and using more advanced technologies in those dangerous waters in pursuit of more profits. Unfortunately, these advancements have often come at the cost of hundreds of lives and billions of dollars of property, financial, and environmental losses. Attorney Michael Tilton of the Tilton and Tilton Law Firm says quote, “Too often, oil and gas companies put profits over people, putting the safety of workers at risk. In many of the cases we handle, a company will put a worker in dangerous situations just to save time or make money.” End quote. Historically, the energy companies have not been proactive when it comes to implementing safety measures. Often, those changes only come after they’re sued. Attorney Tilton says, “We have helped numerous injured workers that were forced to do a dangerous job without help or were not provided necessary safety equipment and safeguards. These injuries can almost always be avoided. As lawyers for injured workers, it is often up to us to hold these companies accountable and ensure a safer work environment in the future. The drilling industry, offshore and onshore, has a fatality rate seven times higher than that for all US workers, according to the CDC. This has been Ask The Lawyers.  I’m Rob Rosenthal.
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