Undoubtedly, one of the most dangerous professions in America is drilling for oil. On any given day, an oil rig worker is in close range of the highly combustible material that could possibly explode at any given moment. In a recent tragedy, five Oklahoma oil rig workers were killed when a gas well exploded and now their families may benefit from filing a worker’s compensation claim.
Early Monday morning, an explosion was heard from employees at a rural oil rig site south of Tulsa. As the site went up in flames, workers scrambled to evacuate the area. Seventeen employees managed to escape the blaze, but unfortunately five of the victims were too close to the fire source and did not make it out. Their remains were found and identified the next morning once the scene cooled off. OSHA continues to investigate the accident.
Families of oil rig workers are fully aware of the dangers associated with the job. When an accident happens, families are sometimes unaware of their legal rights and the laws that apply to oil rigs whether they are located on the ocean floor or moveable. Anyone suffering injury or the loss of a loved one deserves to be compensated. Filing a worker’s compensation claim may provide death benefits to help cover any medical bills or funeral expenses along with a percentage of the decedent’s lost wages.
Losing a loved one unexpectedly is never easy. Oklahoma families who have lost a loved one due to unsafe practices may benefit from the advice of an experienced legal counsel. Worker’s Compensations can be complex, but with the right counsel, entitled benefits can be pursued.
Source: CNN, “Five oil rig workers found dead after gas well explosion in Oklahoma“, Mayra Cuevas, Jan. 23, 2018