How Workers Can Safeguard Against Oilfield Injuries and Other Occupational Hazards
The oil and gas extraction industry has one of the most dangerous work environments, and oil workers constantly face numerous occupational hazards. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 529 fatal injuries in the industry from 2007 to 2011, with the highest number of fatalities occurring in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana respectively. It also estimates that in 2011, there were 1,400 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in oil and gas extraction, 5,900 of the same in support activities for oil and gas operations, and 2,600 from drilling oil and gas wells.
To prevent accidents from happening, it is crucial that companies and workers recognize the existing work hazards and try to think of ways to best deal with them. Following are some of the most common safety hazards and oilfield injuries faced by workers in the industry.