Safety Laws for Montana Oil Fields
Both the federal government and the state of Montana regulate oil refinery and extraction operations in the state. Oil companies must adhere to these regulations to ensure the safety of their workers.
At the state level, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality both help to regulate oil and gas extraction.
On the national level, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees the oil and gas extraction across the state. Their main goal is to provide workers with a safe workplace free from known hazards that could cause serious injury or death. Oil Fields and oil rigs must follow all OSHA rules and regulations. In addition, OSHA maintains an industry standard for oil and gas site preparation. They also lay out standards for the materials, equipment, and substances that might get used in any oil field operation.
Filing a Claim After an Oil Field Injury in Montana
Under Montana law, most oil rig workers cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer. They must pursue damages through their workers’ compensation program. However, there are times when an injured oil rig worker can file a personal injury lawsuit or a product liability lawsuit against another third-party (non-employer) who helped cause the dangerous or unsafe condition that led to the injury.
If a third-party subcontractor caused your injury on the oil rig, you can file a personal lawsuit against them for the damages you suffered. If your accident was the result of a defective machine or equipment, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit.
If you believe that your employer violated OSHA regulations or provided inadequate safety equipment, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced Montana injury accident attorney immediately. You might find that you are eligible to file a lawsuit.
You have a right to seek compensation after a serious injury on an oil field, and we can help!
Contact Our Helena Oil Field Accident Lawyers
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