Oil Rig Safety Likely Largely Ignored at Location of Patterson Oil Rig Explosion
As the investigation of the Patterson oil rig explosion continues, bad
news upon bad news appears to the be the order of the day. The Patterson
oil rig explosion occurred about 100 miles south of Tulsa a few weeks
ago. The explosion occurred several miles outside the town of Quinton.
Five workers were killed in the explosion.
Company Operating Rig and Drilling Operations
Patterson-UTI is the company responsible for drilling at rig operations
at the Quinton, Oklahoma site. Patterson-UTI is no stranger to oil rig
explosions and accidents. 10 workers at Patterson-UTI rig sites have been
killed in the past decade in accidents and explosions.
The United States Congress has already taken a look at the safety practices
of Patterson-UTI. Indeed, a Congressional report noted that Patterson-UTI
ranks at the bottom when it comes to matters of worker safety.
OSHA Standards and the Patterson Oil Rig Explosion
One of the more alarming reports to come out of the Patterson oil rig explosion
is that OSHA standards were not applicable when it came to worker safety
leading up to the horrific explosion. Patterson-UTI and its Oklahoma rig
were not covered by OSHA safety rules because of a specific exemption
exempting the oil and gas industry.
In light of the OSHA exemption, the American Petroleum Institute was called
upon to create its own set of safety standards to oil and gas companies
in the United States, including rig operators like Patterson-UTI.
Despite the safety standards created by the American Petroleum Institute,
compliance with them is strictly voluntary. In the aftermath of the tragic
explosion in Oklahoma, there is no documentation that Patterson-UTI implemented
the standards on a voluntary basis. Thus far, Patterson-UTI has refused
to comment on this issue. The position of the company has resulted in
most people following the situation to conclude that Patterson-UTI did
nothing in the way of implementing the voluntary safety standards.
Protecting Legal Interests Following an Oil Rig Explosion
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an negative occurrence like
the Patterson oil rig explosion, there are vital steps that you must take
in order to best protect your legal rights and interests. The first step
in the process of protecting your vital legal interests is to schedule
what is known as an initial consultation with a skilled, experienced Patterson
oil rig explosion lawyer. The legal team at The Doan Law Firm has attorneys
on board with experience in representing individuals like you who may
have suffered injuries, damages, and losses as the result of events like
the Patterson oil rig explosion.
The Doan Law Firm oil rig explosion hotline, at (800) 349-0000, is staffed
around the clock, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. As a result, you
can schedule an initial consultation at any time that is convenient for
you. An experienced attorney from the firm can meet with you in any one
of our offices, at your home, or even in court. Depending on your circumstances,
an appointment can be scheduled at a hospital. A virtual appointment online
is also a possibility, depending on your unique circumstances.
During an initial consultation, a member of the Patterson oil rig explosion
legal team will provide an evaluation of your case. You will have the
chance to get answers to your important questions. There is no charge
for an initial consultation with The Doan Law Firm about your case.
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The Doan Law Firm makes a very simple commitment to each client: no fee,
unless we win your case. The Doan Law Firm charges no fee in an oil rig
explosion case unless we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment for you.