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Construction Refinery Accidents

Texas Construction & Refinery Accidents

Texas has more oil refineries than any other state in the nation. Unfortunately, this means that Texas refinery accidents have injured or killed thousands of refinery workers.

Though the nature of your job may be inherently risky, as an employee or contractor you have the right to work in an environment that is safe and well maintained. This is the responsibility of the refinery- a responsibility they have not taken seriously, putting your life at risk. Only a lawyer experienced in refinery accident litigation can determine the true value of your case. If you have been injured in an oil refinery accident call attorneys Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris today.

Scope of the Problem

OSHA reports that the number of fatal refinery incidents is more than the combined total of the next three highest industries. According to OSHA, from 1992-2007, 36 fatal refinery accidents were caused by a gaseous release. From these refinery accidents, 52 employee deaths 250 injuries stemmed from the incidents. It would stand to reason then, that every year an average of three people die and 16 are injured in the construction and maintenance of oil refineries. However, these numbers are deceivingly low.


In an attempt to make their plants seem safe, oil refineries hire as many contractors as possible. When reporting injuries and deaths, they do not have to “claim” contractors as they are not employees of the petroleum companies.

Refinery workers labeled as contractors often get the most dangerous jobs. If you are contracted to work at an oil refinery, you may be at serious risk. If you are injured or killed, you may to be brushed off by the refinery, leaving your family without the resources you need to get back on your feet. Refineries are concerned about safety ratings and liability, not about the well-being of their labor force. This is unacceptable.

What can you do?

If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed, you deserve to be heard. Oil companies will work very hard to quiet your voice; they may offer a sum that seems fair and reasonable. They may even try and sweep your case under the rug. You do not deserve to be undervalued or ignored.

At SMSH we have over 100 years of combined experience. Our team of attorneys completely understand the laws and regulations that govern the operation of oil refineries. We have extensive knowledge of Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and OSHA regulations. This knowledge is crucial when dealing with big oil companies. Put your trust in a firm experienced enough to win the biggest cases.

Winning your Case

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed during a refinery or petrochemical accident, you need a law firm that knows how to win cases against oil industry giants. Oil companies have vast resources and scores of lawyers on their side. You deserve to have lawyers just as experienced and aggressive as theirs. At Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P we are dedicated to your cause and understand the complicated nature of the oil industry. Only a law firm with serious experience can help you fight and win your case. Please do not hesitate to call SMSH at (888) 405-3393. We have the serious experience to win your serious accident case.

If you have been involved in an accident at an oil refinery in Texas or nationwide, please contact SMSH today.