Oil and Gas Injuries on the Rise, Impacting Montana
Billings and Eastern Montana are enjoying the economic benefits of the Bakken boom. But oil and gas production comes with a downside — increased accidents, injuries, and deaths from working in the oil patch. According to the Houston Business Journal, fatal injuries in the oil and gas industry hit a record high in 2012 while workplace fatalities in the U.S. fell to their second lowest level in 20 years. In all, 4,383 people were killed at work last year based on statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which was down from the previous year’s numbers. The oil and gas industry bucked this trend, and fatal work injuries in oil and gas extraction industries jumped 23 percent in 2012 to 138, the highest number for that industry since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping track in 1992. The McGrady Law Firm handles oilfield accidents.
Source: Houston Business Journal, “Domestic drilling’s down side: Fatalities up in oil and gas industry,” Kent Hoover, Aug. 13, 2013.