Over 300 oil and gas workers have been killed in the last decade in highway crashes -- the largest cause of fatalities in the industry -- the New York Times reported yesterday.
Many died because the oil field industry is exempted from highway safety rules that allow truckers to work longer hours than drivers in most other industries like in this multi-million dollar case I handled recently.
Some oil field truckers say that they are routinely pressured into driving after shifts that are 20 hours or longer. Garr Farrell, an oil service driver in Ore City, Texas complained to federal highway safety regulators that his managers had used the exemptions to force him to wait, without anywhere to sleep, for 36 hours at one well site before he could unload his
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