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Dangers of oil and gas extraction

If you ask people around the nation to name a few states in which oil and natural gas production are important industries, Pennsylvania's name rarely comes up. But those of us in the western part of the state especially know of the Marcellus Shale formation that sweeps underground, providing rich deposits of shale oil and shale gas -- as well as being a source of good jobs.

Those jobs, like all natural resource extraction jobs, carry with them dangers of on-the-job heavy-machinery accidents and explosions. Injuries to gas and oil employees include severe burns, falls from platforms, having limbs crushed by machinery and also repetitive movement disorders from repeated lifting or pushing/pulling motions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the greatest percentage of injuries in the industry are in the construction and extraction occupations such as derrick operators (both oil and gas), roustabouts, mining machine operators, roof bolters (mining), rotary drill operators (oil and gas) and operators of continuous mining machinery, among others.

They are the men and women who put their health and lives on the line in dangerous work so that the rest of us can enjoy the comforts of having homes heated by natural gas, cars fueled by oil, and buy countless plastic products made with petroleum and so on. These are all modern conveniences few of us even pause to think about.

When oil and gas extraction employees are injured, the damages can be severe, requiring surgeries, long periods away from work and extensive physical therapy. Because the injuries are severe, the costs of providing medical care is high -- which is why some employers and insurers attempt to deny workers' compensation benefits.

Our firm has experience representing injured workers who need and deserve full benefits following worksite injuries. Please see our Pittsburgh Gas and Oil Accident Lawyers page for more information about how the law office of Friday & Cox LLC can help you.

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