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What are the hazards of oil and gas industry work?

Houston is the base for many oil rig companies and many refineries. Working in the oil and gas industry comes with many hazards. It is the duty of the parent company and supervising company to ensure that the risks from these hazards are minimized.

What are some risks associated with the oil and gas industry?

Machine hazards, high-pressure lines, falls, fires, explosions, vehicle accidents and electrical hazards are some of the risks of working in the oil and gas industry. Being hit by objects, caught in between objects and being crushed by objects are also hazards. Having to work in confined spaces is another hazard.

What are some injuries I should be aware of?

Vehicle accidents account for around four out of every 10 worker fatalities in this industry. Besides fatalities, workers can suffer from burns, broken bones, exposure to hazardous chemicals, sprains, strains, head injuries, asphyxiation and amputations while working in this industry.

How are these dangers managed?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an abundance of guidelines and standards that work together to keep oil and gas industry workers safe. When companies follow these guidelines and standards, the risk to workers is minimized.

When an oil and gas industry worker is injured at work, he or she often has to miss work while the injury heals. In some cases, such as when working on an oil rig or drilling platform, medical care is difficult to obtain. In these cases, the worker might suffer from worsening injuries. Injured workers might opt to explore their options for seeking compensation to help reduce the financial impact of the accident.

Source: United States Department of Labor, "Safety Hazards Associated with Oil and Gas Extraction Activities," accessed Sep. 16, 2015

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