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Hawaii Oil Field Accident and Injury Attorney

Like construction and farm workers, oilfield workers face significant risks everyday on the job that could lead to serious injuries and even death. For injured oilfield workers and the families of those killed in accidents on the job, moving forward can be extremely difficult. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, our lawyers understand how challenging it is to get back on your feet after a serious oilfield accident. We recognize the nuances in these types of cases, and have decades of experience helping injured workers recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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Have you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in an oil field accident in Hawaii? 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 Hawaii and throughout the entire United States.

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Is There Oil in Hawaii?

There is no oil or gas activity in Hawaii due to limited crude oil and natural gas reserves; however, the state does refine crude oil into petroleum products. Hawaii has 1 crude oil refinery in the Honolulu port area on Oahu that can process nearly 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

How Does Hawaii Get its Oil and Gas?

Most of Hawaii’s oil is imported from foreign countries. The state still depends on fossil fuel for transportation and electricity generation.

Liquid fossil fuels are transported across the Pacific Ocean, most of which comes from foreign countries, and are offloaded in waters off Oʻahu before being refined, repackaged, and barged to other Hawaiian islands. This results in a perpetually shaky energy situation that relies on factors outside Hawaii’s control.

Hawaii’s Energy Consumption

Hawaii’s energy consumption is dominated by oil, which provided 83% of the state’s energy consumption in 2016 (down from 85.0% in 2008 and 99.7% in 1960). Other sources in 2016 included coal (5.6%) and renewable energy (11.2%). In 2017, sources of renewable power included:

2017 Renewable power
Distributed PV 33.50%
Utility-scale PV 4.90%
Wind 26.60%
Hydro 3.60%
Geothermal 10.50%
Biofuels 1.60%
Biomass 19.20%

Hawaii Moves to Ban Coal, Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration

Senator Tulsi Gabbard introduced bills SB 259 in 2019 and SB 2780 in 2020, which would both prohibit offshore drilling for oil or natural gas in Hawaiian waters and prohibit issuing permits to pursue any such drilling operations. To gain access to the area, a would-be ocean driller would need to spend millions on state permits, and even if approved, would get nothing in return, as there are no oil and gas reserves in state waters.

However, the bills would not regulate charcoal, biochar, or coal in general. They only deal with coal use that is currently regulated. SB 2780 would ban the Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Health from approving any new, modified, or renewed permit for a regulated use of coal.

Hawaii Reports Surge in Workplace Fatalities

The Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) in December 2021 announced that at least 7 fatalities occurred in the state during 2021 among 23 major incidents. The fatalities included:

  • January 8 (Oahu): worker struck by company vehicle.
  • March 15 (Maui): aviation worker fell off a high truck platform.
  • July 19 (Oahu): truck mounted boom fell on a repair worker who died from injuries.
  • August 13 (Oahu): pallet being unloaded from a container fell on a worker who died from injuries.
  • August 30 (Maui): worker working on a public highway was struck by vehicle.
  • December 8 (Hawaii): worker was struck on head by company equipment.
  • December 13 (Kauai): worker died while operating machinery that rolled over.

“This surge in serious industrial accidents is a harsh reminder for employers and workers to think about safety when taking any work actions,” said DLIR Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio. “We are hopeful that by employers and workers keeping safety and health at the top of mind that the number of fatalities and serious workplace injuries will decline in the future.”

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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 Hawaii and throughout the entire United States.

Again, if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an oilfield accident in Hawaii, 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.

Clients may be able to recover fair compensation for medical expenses from an oil company in a lawsuit and a personal injury lawyer can help.

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