While the Texas oil and gas exploration boom has provide welcome economic relief to many areas of Texas, particularly some of the rural areas who were hit the hardest by the economic downturn, it has also brought record numbers of wrongful death claims. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2007 and 2012 663 workers died in accidents in the drilling and fracking boom. About 40 percent of those deaths occurred in Texas. Texas has more than 100,000 workers employed in oil and gas related jobs. In 2012 this industry experienced a 60 percent increase in work related deaths with a reported 65 deaths.
The drilling and fracking activities often take place in slowing moving rural communities unaccustomed to the high speed truck traffic and heavy equipment that moves with a sense of urgency along formerly quiet, remote roadways. When the two converge the result is often lethal.
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