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Differences of State and Fed Regulations for Oilfield Injuries

September 6, 2023
Oilfield Injuries

It’s no secret that oilfield workers often work under hazardous conditions. They are supposed to undergo extensive training to know how to operate under these conditions safely, but accidents happen even then.

Regulations on state, federal, and international levels are designed to protect oilfield workers. You should know your rights if you’ve been injured in an oilfield accident. Contact an oilfield injury attorney at an experienced law firm like FCHC Law to learn about your options.

Preventing Injuries: OSHA Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates construction, maritime, and general industry workplaces on the federal level. All states can participate in this program, but they may also have a state plan or some combination of the two. 

OSHA regulations protect oilfield workers. These are a set of safety procedures to prevent oilfield accidents in the United States. If you’re filing a claim, knowing these regulations will help determine whether your case involves negligence.

The Basics

OSHA demands oilfield companies supply workers with safety equipment, alert workers of hazardous areas, maintain equipment and facilities, and provide OSHA oil and gas training.

Motor Vehicles

To prevent oilfield truck accidents, OSHA requires all drivers to recognize driving hazards, wear seatbelts, and adhere to highway safety regulations. Employers are also responsible for maintaining the vehicles.


OSHA works to avoid accidents involving moving or falling equipment by setting specifications for inspections, communication, and operation of heavy and hazardous equipment.

Explosives and Hazardous Energy

All explosive and energy hazards should have clear markings. OSHA expects all equipment and machinery to have shutdown systems when working with flammable substances. Employers should also conduct proper risk analyses in any location before engaging in hot work. 

Injured in an Oilfield Accident? Contact an Experienced Attorney Near You

You have state and federal protections on your side. If you suffered an injury in an oilfield accident, contact an oilfield injury attorney at FCHC Law for a case review. Call (800) 433-2408 or (505) 953-4051 to speak to a staff member in Spanish.