Eagle Ford Shale, a large natural gas and oil deposit in the South Texas region, is a valuable environmental and economic asset. The drilling of the Eagle Ford Shale field is of the most lucrative drilling projects in Texas having a $60 billion dollar impact and providing around 116,000 jobs for workers in 2012 alone. The discovery of Eagle Ford Shale is relatively new, (the first drill having been installed in 2008). Since the discovery of the deposit, the site has evolved into a competitive environment as numerous oil and gas companies are eager to take advantage of the areas resources.
Though the Eagle Ford Shale region creates positive financial opportunities for employers and workers alike, the competitive environment of Eagle Ford Shale has become the site of many tragic worker injuries. According to the website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm, the most common accidents at Eagle Ford Shale that lead to injury are pipeline explosions, oil tank explosions, transport truck accidents, chemical leaks, and contamination. These devastating accidents are typically always preventable when the proper precautions are taken.
Due to personal injury, many workers of the Eagle Ford Shale region are temporarily, if not permanently, ineligible to work. Since most of the work at the oil field is physically demanding even a minor injury can greatly complicate a worker’s ability to perform. Injury costs workers the potential money earned as well as hospital expenses. Fortunately, according to the law firm Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, benefits like long-term disability can offer injured workers as much as 2/3 of their average wages, helping them make ends meet while they recover.Read More