With the crude oil price still being at its lowest point in years, several
companies in the Bakken Oil Fields are having to scale back their expenses
in order to turn a profit. This will demand companies to increase their
efficiency, thus putting a bigger strain on the oil field worker.
Which is why, now more than ever, you must take extra care to avoid
workplace injury. For while each company is attempting to adapt to their decrease in capital,
they will be looking for ways to increase overall effectiveness. And though
this could be a harmless or even a helpful change, it could also put you
at a higher risk for harm.
When a company looks to reduce cost, one of the biggest temptations is
to "cut corners". But given even the everyday risks that come
with working in the Bakken Oil Fields, this is simply not an acceptable option.
You are the first line of defense against these policies; stay vigilant
and always be willing to discuss with your supervisor changes which seem
to put you or your co-workers in harm's way.
Likewise, in order to boost productivity, workers may be expected or told
to do more than they are able. And this is especially concerning as overexertion
is the number one cause for workplace injury.
For this reason, it is particularly important that, if you are concerned,
you immediately voice your insight to a supervisor. For even if it is
not an issue today, minor injuries or fatigue can cause larger problems later on.
You know your body best; moreover, your perceptive grants a unique understanding
of both your position and the positions of those around you.
If you have any concerns or want to further discuss workplace safety, please