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Understanding oil rig blowouts

No one need tell Texas oil rig workers that they face danger on a daily basis. They also are at high risk of catastrophic injuries if an oil rig accident occurs. While major disasters do not occur nearly as often in today’s oil fields as they did “back in the day,” such things as oil rig blowouts still happen fairly frequently. The State of Texas reports that 21 blowouts occurred in 2016, 14 in 2017, and two in January of 2018.

Understanding burn injuries

With all the oil fields in Texas, fires and explosions are a constant worry. Despite the potentially catastrophic consequences of such workplace injuries, however, the vast majority of burns occur in the home, not the workplace. The American Burn Association reports that of the 3,275 Americans who died from fire and/or smoke inhalation in 2016, 2,745 of the fires that killed them happened at home, 310 happened in a vehicle and only 220 happened somewhere else, including the workplace.

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