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Workplace accidents are never good news, especially in the oilfield where the consequences for a mistake can result in severe injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an oilfield accident in Delaware, it’s important to understand your rights and options. An oilfield accident lawyer can help you investigate the accident, identify the responsible parties, and recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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Have you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in an oil field accident in Delaware? If so, you should contact our oil rig injury lawyers immediately for a free consultation. You may be entitled to seek compensation for lost wages by filing a personal injury lawsuit against oil and gas companies and an oil field injury lawyer can help you recover compensation.

The legal team of oilfield injury lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured oil rig workers and is one of the only firms with knowledge of maritime law willing to pursue justice in these practice areas in Delaware and throughout the entire United States.

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Oil and Gas Production in Delaware

Delaware does not have any crude oil reserves or production; however, it does have a petroleum refinery at the Port of Wilmington, which is the world’s largest port for handling bananas and the United State’s leading entry point for fresh fruit and produce.

The Port of Wilmington has a bulk petroleum terminal and a storage depot that handles heating oil, diesel fuel, and other petroleum products. Crude oil from across the globe arrives at the port and at a smaller port at Delaware City, which is 9 miles downriver from Wilmington.

Delaware City Refinery

Delaware City is the location of the state’s only crude oil refinery. The refinery relies on crude oil supplies delivered via ship and rail and can process over 170,000 barrels a day into gasoline, heating oil, and other petroleum goods. The Delaware City refinery connects to a petroleum product distribution network of pipelines, barges, tankers, trucks, and railroads.

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Energy Use in Delaware

Delaware’s total energy consumption is among the lowest in the U.S. due to its small population. However, Delaware’s per capita energy use is higher than expected because of its energy-intensive chemical manufacturing and petroleum-refining industries.

Delaware Energy Statistics

State Overview

  • Population: 0.93 million (<1% of total U.S.)
  • Housing Units: 0.41 million (<1% total U.S.)
  • Business Establishments: 0.02 million (<1% total U.S.)

Annual Energy Consumption

  • Electric Power: 11.5 TWh (<1% total U.S.)
  • Coal: 700 MSTN (<1% total U.S.)
  • Natural Gas: 28 Bcf (<1% total U.S.)
  • Motor Gasoline: 8,800 Mbarrels (<1% total U.S.)
  • Distillate Fuel: 2,100 Mbarrels (<1% total U.S.)

Annual Energy Production

  • Electric Power Generation: 8.6 TWh (<1% total U.S.)
  • Coal: 1.4 TWh, 16% [0.8 GW total capacity]
  • Petroleum: 0 TWh, <1% [0.1 GW total capacity]
  • Natural Gas: 6.8 TWh, 79% [2.5 GW total capacity]
  • Nuclear: 0 TWh, 0% [0 GW total capacity]
  • Hydro: 0 TWh, 0% [0 GW total capacity]
  • Other Renewable: 0 TWh, 0% [0 GW total capacity]
  • Coal: 0 MSTN (0% total U.S.)
  • Natural Gas: 0 Bcf (0% total U.S.)
  • Crude Oil: 0 Mbarrels (0% total U.S.)
  • Ethanol: 0 Mbarrels (0% total U.S.)

Dynamics of Accidents in the Oil and Gas Industry

For more than a century, the oil & gas industry has remained one of the main contributors to the world’s economy. However, severe accidents in this sector occur routinely, resulting in fatalities and disruption.

According to a February 2022 study published in PLOS ONE [1], human error is consistently the main source of accidents in the oil and gas industry, and explosions, fires, toxic releases, and element rupture are the main catalysts for accident amplification.

The study found that chains of events play a significant role in severe accidents, consisting of feedback loops of said events, in addition to secondary events not directly identifiable yet participating in the most likely chains of events.

Fatalities in the Oil & Gas Sector

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) released its safety report for 2021 [2], and fatalities and injuries were up significantly from a year earlier.

Against the background of a 5% increase in work hours reported, the number of fatalities increased from 14 in 2020 to 20 in 2021. The 20 fatalities occurred in 15 separate incidents. The overall total recordable injury rate (fatalities, lost workday cases, restricted workday cases, and medical treatment cases) was 0.77, 10% higher than in 2020 (0.70). The overall lost time injury rate (fatalities and lost workday cases) was 0.22, unchanged from 2020.

Participating IOGP member companies reported 580 lost workday cases (injuries resulting in at least 1 day off work). Of those 580 cases, 453 incidents were contractor-related and 127 incidents were company-related.

Approximately 114 cases, or 20% of the total, were categorized as “slips and trips.” Statistics from 2020 found 99 cases, accounting for 18% of the total. “Struck by (not dropped object)” accounted for 106 cases, 18% of the total. 2020 saw 91 cases, 17% of the total.

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The personal injury lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP have experience dealing with the rights of American oilfield workers, and we are one of the only firms willing to handle oilfield workplace accidents in Delaware and throughout the entire United States.

Again, if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an oilfield accident in Delaware, you should contact our oil field accident lawyers immediately by using the form below or calling our law firm toll-free 24 hrs/day by dialing (866) 588-0600 to schedule a free case review and legal options.

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