Marcellus Shale Oil and Gas Drilling Injuries

Thanks to the development of the Marcellus Shale oil and gas drilling in West Virginia and the hard-working employees and contractors who have made this local explosion of industry possible, West Virginians can look forward to more opportunity and prosperity in the Morgantown, WV and Fairmont, WV area than ever before.

West Virginia workers have had a long-standing tradition of persevering and working hard in spite of dangerous and exhausting conditions.  Just as our coal miners have always faced the potential of industrial accidents, oil and gas drilling workers are also experiencing accidents resulting in serious permanent injuries and wrongful death.

Risk factors for oil and gas workers may include explosion, workplace injuries, truck accidents, serious and catastrophic injuries, exposure to hazardous chemicals, industrial accidents involving heavy tools and complex equipment, contaminated air and water, hazardous driving conditions, fires, burns, malfunctioning equipment, and safety violations.  Driving to and from the drilling site has become a major risk factor:  one-third of all serious accidents and fatalities linked to fracking occur from trucking accidents.

In most cases, a worker who is injured on the job will be able to receive some benefits from a Worker’s Compensation claim.  In West Virginia, if an employer is found to have intentionally placed their employee in harm’s way, resulting in serious injury or death, that employee may qualify to file a claim against the employer’s insurance company.

If you or your loved one has been injured due to negligence or willful violation of safety regulations in the workplace, it is important to act quickly to protect your claim.  Mr. Robinette has handled hundreds of cases involving serious injury and wrongful death and can provide the insight you need right now.  Call Jeff Robinette today for a free evaluation of your case at 304-594-1800.  https://www.robinettelaw.com

 

Workplace Accident: UMWA calls UBB Mine Explosion “Industrial Homicide.”

According to the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), Massey Energy Company was guilty of “industrial homicide” for the deaths of 29 miners in Raleigh County, WV on April 5, 2010.  UMWA President Cecil Roberts presented a report at a press conference in Charleston, WV on October 25, 2011 which concluded that Massey created the conditions for a catastrophic work accident when it did not correct known safety violations, intimidated workers, and disregarded state and federal health and safety regulations.  The UMWA was appointed by MSHA to represent the families’ interests in the investigation.

The UMWA report indicates that Massey valued production over workplace safety by insisting that its miners work in areas with poor ventilation, massive buildup of coal dust, inadequate rock dusting, and water sprayers that were ineffective or missing from the area.  Roberts stated that since the company did nothing to prevent the explosion, that company executives should be held responsible for at least negligence which caused the deaths.

For April 5, 2010 Fox News Report on UBB Disaster:    http://youtu.be/yiV3rETtEMw

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