As oil prices have increased in recent years, companies have aggressively expanded drilling operations across the country. Advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have increased shale gas extraction in several areas of the country including the Barnett Shale, Fayetteville Shale, Marcellus Shale, Bakken Shale, Haynesville Shale and Antrim Shale. New technology has allowed companies to reach oil and gas reserves that were previously thought to be unreachable. As these companies rush to expand operations and increase production, they can lose sight of the importance of oilfield safety. Oilfield work is inherently dangerous for every worker on the rig, from the toolpusher to the roustabout. When a company takes short cuts or fails to provide proper training, there can be tragic, or even deadly, consequences.
Accidents can occur at any stage of the oil and gas drilling process. When companies neglect to properly train employees or enforce safety policies, catastrophic events can occur, such as blowouts, fires, falling equipment, entanglement, rigging collapses, and truck accidents. Oilfield accident cases require a sophisticated understanding of the entire oil and gas industry and drilling process. John David Hart has first-hand experience working on both land and offshore rigs. He recognizes and understands the dangers oilfield workers face on a daily basis. For almost thirty years, John has relentlessly pursued compensation for victims of oilfield accidents and their families.
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