The 6 Most Common Incidents In the Oil and Gas Industry
The oil and gas industry has many dangerous jobs. With the challenges of weather, remote locations, the materials and equipment used, and the physicality of the job it’s easy to see why it’s one of Canada’s most hazardous industries. By implementing a safety manager and EHS software, companies streamline operations and reduce
1) Vehicular Accidents
Driving, according to a report by
2) Being Struck By or Getting Stuck
Getting hit by something or getting stuck somewhere are both high on the list of common incidents in the oil and gas industry. Things like moving vehicles, equipment, and falling equipment have a hand in these accidents. Lone workers are especially vulnerable to these incidents due to their remote locations and lack of support. This lack of support is easily rectified with proper safety management software as employers can identify risks and communicate with workers in real time. The oil extraction process can be treacherous, trench cave-ins are a common risk in the oil and gas industry where workers can easily become stuck between materials. According to OHSonline.com,
“In the first five months of 2017, 15 deaths and 19 injuries related to trench and excavation operations have been reported nationwide.”
With Workaware’s EHS software, managers have the ability to track patterns and trends within a task and identify potential hazards. Though we recognize that accidents do happen and with the unpredictable nature of an extraction site things like cave-ins are not foreseen. Having a quick emergency response saves lives which is something our safety manager software provides.
3) Explosions and Fires
“The oil and gas industry has more deaths from fires and explosions than any other private industry,” according to EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics. The National Fire Protection Association states that drilling companies are required to have in place “exit routes, emergency action plans, and fire prevention plans.” These processes are made easy with safety management software, where employers and employees can both see the plans, understand them, and in the event of a fire or explosions, activate them properly.
4) Falls, Trips, & Slips
A common risk in any industry
5) Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals
The oil and gas industry is surrounded by risky chemicals that infiltrate the human body, causing potential health hazards. It can be very difficult to track chemical hazards due to the large variety of chemical compounds used, plus, the NIOSH Oil and Gas Extraction Safety and Health Program says
“Exposures are episodic. Ultra-fine particulates were found to increase during periods of heavy pumping; i.e., during hydraulic fracturing operations.”
The same report concluded that exposure risks include mixed exposures, multiple exposure routes such as inhalation or indigestion, dermal exposures, and transfer risks. Our safety manager software tracks operations which can identify trends and hazards. This evolves to indicate potentially hazardous chemicals and risks so workers are notified when they need extra protective gear.
6) Remote Locations & Lone Workers
Remote workers are at risk for many different reasons. Whether they’re driving, experience a fire or explosion, or get stuck in a trench cave-in these risks are multiplied when a lone worker is in a remote location. Workaware’s safety manager and EHS software
Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of the employer to mitigate risk and create safer work environments for employees. With all the moving pieces within a company, the last thing an owner needs is a lawsuit. By streamlining operations, tracking trends, monitoring training certifications, and providing employers with tools to feel safe on the job, employers limit their liability and improve employee satisfaction.
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