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The dangers of toxic materials for oil and gas workers

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Anyone who works around oil and gas wells here in Texas faces a number of dangers. Physical injuries like those in the immediate aftermath of fires and explosions aren’t the only potential causes of harm, however. 

Illnesses caused by oil and gas extraction can permanently damage a person’s health or even lead to death. Many of the materials these workers are exposed to regularly can be dangerous to breathe or touch. These materials have become more prevalent with the increase in hydraulic fracturing operations.

Toxic materials around oil and gas extraction sites

While federal safety agencies are working to minimize the dangers these materials present to workers (and the larger public), they can’t eliminate them. Among the leading contaminants are the following:

Oil and gas companies have a responsibility to their workers to provide them with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Depending on the particular work, this may include respiratory equipment, eye and hearing protection, gloves and more. They also have a duty to train their workers properly so they can better protect themselves and others.

What you should know about Texas’ workers compensation requirements

It’s important for all workers in Texas to know what their options are for compensation if they’re injured or sickened because of their work. Unlike most states, Texas doesn’t mandate workers’ compensation insurance for most private employers unless they’re working on a government project

If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury or illness, be sure you know the best way to get the compensation you need to cover medical expenses and lost wages. It’s smart to have legal guidance to protect your rights.