How To Avoid A Bakken Oil Field Work Injury

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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