The oil and gas industry is one of the most dangerous work environments. The fatality rate was 7X higher compared to all other industries in the U.S (CDC, 2003-2010). A recent report by the International Labor organization states that “the challenge for the oil and gas industry is to be able to quickly and effectively respond to potential vast and serious incidents”.

Three of every five on-site fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry are the result of struck-by/caught -in/caught-between hazards, according to OSHA. In addition, workers are often required to enter confined spaces such as petroleum and other storage tanks, mud pits, reserve pits and other excavated areas, sand storage containers, and other confined spaces around a wellhead.

The risk of fire and explosion is another concern for workers in the oil and gas industry. Flammable gases, such as well gases, vapors and hydrogen sulfide, can be released from wells, trucks, production equipment or surface equipment. They can ignite by static, electrical energy sources, open flames, lightning, cigarettes, cutting and welding tools, hot surfaces or frictional heat.


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