Investigation of oil field industry injuries

Investigation of oil field industry injuries

Questions are being raised on the real safety in the many oil fields booming across Texas.

A newspaper's investigation of injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the oil drilling and fracking boom shows failure by the federal government to implement safety standards and procedures for onshore oil and gas drilling.

The Houston Chronicle is the paper behind the investigation. The Chronicle also uncovered the lack of government inspections and bad practices by many oil and gas companies.

The newspaper says the result is a toll of badly injured or killed workers. Texas accounted for nearly 40 percent of workers were killed nation-wide in oil field-related industries since 2007 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor showed.

One attorney representing injured workers said it's "like the wild west out there.''