Oilfield Worker Forced to Work in Dangerous Confined Space Suffers Catastrophic Injuries

Oilfield Worker Forced to Work in Dangerous Confined Space Suffers Catastrophic Injuries

John Shepherd v. Matrix Production Company, et al. The Eighth Judicial District for Converse County Wyoming – CV:17594

On October 22, 2014, nineteen-year-old John Sheppard, employee of Matrix Oilfield Services, was directed to climb into a confined space without the proper safety equipment and no safety procedures put in place.  John lost consciousness while working inside the confined space due to the toxic oil and gas fumes. After almost an hour of being trapped inside, John was evacuated from the confined space and rushed to the hospital.  John is lucky to be alive today, but suffered catastrophic and debilitating injuries that will affect him for the remainder of his life.  Defendant Matrix Oilfield Services received nearly a dozen citations from the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the outrageous conduct which led to John’s tragic injuries.  Attorneys Grant H. Lawson, of Lawson Law, LLC and Jack Edwards, of Edwards Law Office have teamed up to fight for John Sheppard in this matter. 

Oilfield companies, including owners, operators, service companies, drilling companies, oilfield tool companies, and consultants, all have a responsibility to ensure a safe work environment for all employees working in the oil and gas industry.  Cutting safety corners is always a recipe for disaster and puts our workers into harm’s way.  If you or a family member have suffered as a result of an oilfield related incident or tragedy, please call us for a free consultation to discuss whether you have a right to be compensated.  At Lawson Law, we fight to protect the workers in the oil and gas industry and have the expertise to help you get the justice you deserve.  Contact us today here.