How To Protect Your Workers In The Oil And Gas Industry
The oil and gas industry is potentially one of the most dangerous, most hazardous industry sectors in the world. With hazards lurking at every corner it is one industry that is definitely not fit for the faint hearted. The combination of powerful equipment, flammable chemicals and processes that are under high pressure can lead to a lot of hazards and deadly incidents throughout the year. This is why if you are a worker you always need to be on your toes and keep your head in the game. If you are an owner you have to keep your work environment safe and should pay special attention to the safety and security of your workers. Making the right policies and taking safety measures is imperative and you being the owner should identify all the hazards that could happen so that you can prevent and counteract them at the right time. Taking proper measures and providing proper custom oil and gas uniforms and safety equipment can truly be the difference between life and death. Here are some hazards that normally take place in the oil and gas industry.
- Vehicle Accidents
Driving is safe and easy, right? Not when it’s being done a worker working in the oil and gas industry. Be it a drive on a long highway or in rocky difficult terrains vehicle accidents are the number one cause of fatalities in the oil and gas industry. Driving around heavy loads, bad weather conditions, bad terrain and road conditions along with extremely tired workers (because of the long shifts and physically challenging duties) contribute towards vehicle accidents. According to reports, a total of 4000 fatalities took place in 2013 alone. That is about 12.5% of all the vehicle accidents that took place that year.
- Getting Hit Or Getting Stuck
3 out of 5 fatalities that take place on the job site in the oil and gas industry is because of getting hit or getting caught/stuck. These fatalities could be from various sources such as getting hit by vehicles, getting stuck or getting caught up in heavy machines, getting stuck or caught up in trenches or holes and etc.
- Fires And Explosions
Research tells us that the industry with the most fatalities due to fires and explosions is yours truly, the oil and gas industry. In the oil and gas industry nearly everything is explosive. The site is simply like a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode and just light up. When that happens it’s not a pretty site. Numerous workers have lost their lives because of these fires and explosions which is why special care is required at all times and everyone has to bring out their A-game all day every day.
- Exposures To Harmful Chemicals
An oil and gas industry is full of harmful chemicals. Not only are the chemicals released during extraction of oil and gas is harmful but the chemicals required to treat and aid the storage are also extremely harmful as well. Exposure to these can cause various skin conditions, respiratory problems and in the worst case can cause death. Everyone on the site should be extremely cautious when dealing with them.
- Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls are again one of the most common causes of injuries and deaths in the oil and gas industry. The working conditions inside are not very optimum and outside are quite treacherous. Anyone can easily slip trip and fall down and hurt him or herself severely and even lose their lives. In 2014 alone, 247,120 non-fatal and 800 fatal slipping, tripping and falling cases took place in the United States in the oil and gas industry.
- Working in Confines Spaces
This is one of the most dangerous situations a worker can find him or herself in. Working in confined spaces is a tough tough ask. It gets even tougher and riskier when it is done in the oil and gas industry. The workers in the industry need to enter tight spaces such as pits, storage tanks, excavated areas, wells and etc. All these places contain highly flammable vapors and gases that can ignite anytime, are at a risk of caving in that can bury the workers and contain fumes that can cause respiratory problems.