Are You Working on a Dangerous Oil Rig?

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Are you working on a dangerous oil rig?

If you work on an oil rig and suspect safety might be an overlooked element of your work environment, there are some specific red flags to watch out for. It’s a good idea to keep a record of these red flags when they occur, so you can be prepared in case you or a coworker experience a work injury in the future.

This video attorney features Grant Lawson, an attorney with Metier Law Firm in Casper, Wyoming.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-634-7366 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Does your company host safety meetings?

In an environment like an oil rig, it’s important for management to hold frequent safety meetings. If your company is not hosting safety meetings on a regular basis, or if they are hosting those meetings but not taking them seriously, this is a big red flag to look out for and make note of.

Is there an overall culture of safety-awareness in your company?

Do the people in your work environment as well as management take safety protocols seriously? Look out for repeated, blatant safety violations and management’s reaction to those violations. If they show a general lack of concern or desire to institute corrective behavior, this is a red-flag that safety awareness is being dismissed in your workplace. When safety protocols are shrugged off, employees get hurt.

Is personal protective equipment provided and enforced?

When working on an oil rig, just like any work environment with potential dangers, your employers should provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE). If your company does not provide you with personal protective equipment, does not enforce employees to wear it, or offers only inappropriate, impractical, or faulty equipment, these are enormous red flags that employees are being put at risk as a result of lacking or defective personal protective equipment.

Is there a culture of open communication regarding safety concerns?

Perhaps the biggest indicator of whether safety is being overlooked on your oil rig is the culture of communication surrounding safety concerns. Do employees take their safety concerns to management? If not, is it because they fear their job may be negatively impacted if they do? If employees bring safety concerns to management, and management repeatedly reacts dismissively or with negativity, this a sign that your company’s culture of open safety communication is severely lacking. If you find that your employer also fails to inform employees of changing safety protocols or issues to watch for, this is another red flag indicating a lack of care for employee safety.

What can you do if you expect your oil rig is overlooking important safety concerns?

Speak first to management to make sure they have been calmly, and properly informed of the safety violations taking place. If you have been injured in an oil rig accident, document it and inform your supervisor, and consider taking legal action. Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency, which means no out-of-pocket cost to you. If they don’t win, you owe no fees.

To learn more, contact Grant Lawson directly by calling 888-634-7366 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Video Transcript:

Christine Haas:
Here’s a quick question from AskTheLawyers.com™. What are some safety red flags that oilfield workers should watch out for? Here’s what Wyoming Attorney Grant Lawson says.

Grant Lawson:
Cutting safety corners. I mean, safety meetings are important. In a lot of times, they’re either not taken serious or not done. Safety meetings, safety culture, personal protective equipment for your fire-retardant clothing, gas masks, hardhats, those sort of things are so simple that on their face. If a company is not doing the bare minimum there, you know something’s wrong. But also, communication and the culture of, listen, if something is unsafe or you feel something is potentially unsafe, you stop this job. You go to your supervisor. You don’t keep doing it. You make sure it gets fixed. Because if you don’t, that’s what can lead to you or somebody else getting severely hurt or potentially killed. And so, the industry itself has to promote a safety of culture.

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