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Cheap Drilling Mud = Well Failure, or Worse

In January of 2018, a surge of gas ignited and caused an oilfield fire that killed five men on a drilling rig near Quinton, Oklahoma. A following lawsuit alleged the deadly blowout was preventable: Red Mountain Energy, the owner and operator of the well, used a lighter drilling mud than recommended by experts. Why the cheaper mud? It was chosen to impress investors with cut costs.

Shady Hiring and Training Practices in Drilling

You - standing in fire-retardant overalls with steel-toed boots, gloves, eye protection, a hard hat, and a shovel - listen carefully on your first day as the manager explains your job and watch as some seasoned guys demonstrate: is that training? Not by authoritative standards.

Hard Hat Area: Dangers of the Rig Floor

Welcome to the rig floor, where more oilfield accidents happen than any other location on the drilling rig. Roughnecks on the rig floor are some of the most prone to injury, positioned next to the moving drillstring, using heavy tongs and fast-moving spinning chains, heaving the slips, and working around the rotary table. Here are some of the major hazards roughnecks and floorhands face when on the rig floor.

The Danger of Catastrophic Well Blowouts

Beneath the crisscrossing latticework of an oil derrick, the threat of catastrophic well failure always looms. Perhaps the most feared of all oilfield accidents is the unanticipated well blowout, which can have catastrophic, deadly consequences.

Texas oilfield accidents: the truth about statistics and settlements

Fatal and injurious oilfield accidents in Texas are all too common. In fact, the oil and gas industry has some of the highest rates of work-related accidents. Big oil companies and lobbies like the American Petroleum Institute (API) dispute the federal statistics, asserting that the industry has low rates of injury compared to other occupations.

Boeing beset by lawsuits in wake of fatal 737 Max crashes

Boeing is facing numerous lawsuits, investigations, and huge losses after two of its 737 Max airplanes crashed within a five-month span. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded Boeing 737-8 and 737-9 airplanes immediately following an Ethiopian Airlines crash this past March. Boeing is still investigating and repairing a faulty system deemed responsible. Several airlines have recently announced mass cancellations of Boeing 737 Max flights for upcoming months.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills Local Family

The personal injury lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm extend our sincerest condolences to the Cavazos family. We are so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Mr. Cavazos and his two daughters, found dead in their home Monday evening.

Just part of the job? Oilfield accidents in the Texas Permian Basin

The Texas Permian Basin, currently one of the most productive oil fields in the world, is also one of the most accident-prone regions in the oil and gas industry. In 2014, Texas had the most oil and gas-related fatalities in the nation, the majority of which occurred in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale regions (see page 9).

Road Construction Accidents: Motorists and Workers

For motorists and workers, road construction zones are perilous places. The state of Texas constantly builds, repairs, and maintains roads. However, construction zones have higher accident rates. For example, Waco law enforcement has already reported accident rate upticks along an I-35 construction project [1]. Yesterday in Dallas, a van flipped in a construction zone, killing one worker and injuring another [2]. Although there are precautions motorists should take and guidelines construction entities must follow to make them as safe as possible, construction zones are still dangerous.

Fatal Collisions among Young Adult Drivers

Getting behind the wheel for the first time may feel invigorating, but it comes with enormous risk. Young drivers make up a significant percentage of traffic accident fatalities. Fledgling drivers are already some of the most vulnerable on the road due to their relative inexperience, but other endangering habits and factors can intensify that lack of experience. Consequently, teens and young adults are some of the most susceptible to fatal crashes.

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