The Hidden Cost of Energy Production

One of the hottest topics in politics over the last ten years has been the delivery and consumption of energy across the world. Everyone pretty much understands, by now, the fluctuations of supply and demand where gasoline prices are concerned. Heating oil, too, has its annual winter price spasms that push many low-income families under the wing of the government’s subsidy programs.

Because We Want It That Way

Americans don’t want to see their energy bills go up, so they’re willing to put up with the continued use of fossil fuels (even as prices are rising anyway) like coal and oil, or to gamble that our nuclear power plants will continue to be as safe and reliable as they have been – a subject on which expert opinions vary wildly. Exploration, mining and drilling are also a genuine source of jobs across the country, and not even dreadful events like the BP oil spill have changed our minds about that.

Not an Easy Task

One of the things that pushes energy costs higher are the number of injuries sustained by workers across the spectrum of the energy industry. It seems that almost every year that there is a high-profile mining accident that swings ratings over to the news channels. Many people are unaware that drilling for oil includes serious risk of injuries, the medical treatment of which is also getting more expensive each year.

Jobsite trauma in the oil and gas industry have to do with the “nature of the beast”, with many of the injuries and fatalities being transportation-related. Still, the equipment is very heavy, the hours are long, the pressures are great and the tolerances are small. If all safety procudures and regulations are followed, injuries will be rare and won’t require litigation. If work conditions are hazardous, or if an employee is left out in the cold, personal-injury lawyers have plenty of experience at setting the record straight.