When you accepted a job in the Bakken oil field industry, you knew it came
with risks, but are those risks worth your life? An article, posted by
Ranker, lists oil and gas drilling as one of the most dangerous jobs in America.
If you're an oil field employee, one
work injury could cost you your life. That's why we're sharing a few
OSHA tips on how to recognize the potential for accidents while working in
the Bakken oil fields.
Vehicle collisions: Oil workers are often required to transport equipment, sometimes long distances,
from one site to another. According to the
Census Of fatal Occupational Injuries, approximately 4 out of every 10 workers, killed on the job in the oil
field industry, died as a result of a highway vehicle collision. Please
follow safe driving practices while on the road.
Struck-by, caught-in, caught-between: OSHA states that 3 out 5 "on-site fatalities" in the oil field
industry are causedby "struck-by, caught-in or caught-between"
accidents. These type of accidents can come from various sources like
moving vehicles or equipment, falling equipment and/or high pressure lines.
Always be aware of what's happening around you when you're on the job.
Explosions and fire: Because of flammable gases and vapors present on job-sites, oil field workers
are especially susceptible to fire and explosion injuries. Flammable gasses
can be released through wells, trucks, production equipment or surface
equipment like tanks and shale shakers. Static, electrical energy, open
flames, lightning, cigarettes, cutting and welding tools, hot surfaces
and frictional heat are all ignition sources for flammable gases.
These are only a few of the most common accidents, that can lead to fatal
injuries for oil field workers. There are many other accidents that can
occur, like slip and falls and being caught in confined spaces. Please
wear proper protective equipment for every job, consistently remain up-to-date
on all safety precautions and follow pertinent safety procedures.
Remember, your most important job is always to make it through the day
alive and unharmed.
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