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These oil and gas industry hazards threaten your life

You love working in the oil and gas industry, but you know there are special hazards that you face because you do. There's a risk from careless workers, improper training, the improper rigging of equipment and even poisoning.

With over 500,000 people in the oil and gas industry, preventing injuries is of the utmost importance. Injuries in this field have the potential to be life-altering or deadly. Some reasons for injuries include these three hazards.

1. Machinery hazards

Large machines are used for drilling. They may be unguarded, which means you're more likely to be injured by them than if they were in a guarded location. From heavy hoists to loud noises, these machines have the potential to cause deafness, crushing injuries and other serious wounds.

2. Chemical exposure

Chemical exposure is a common risk on an oil rig. It's normal to use hazardous materials during the oil processing and drilling process. Unfortunately, exposure to these chemicals can lead to respiratory issues and problems with the brain. In particular, H2S, or hydrogen sulfide, can cause leukemia, paralysis and other forms of cancer.

3. Explosions

With any area that has gas and oil, there is a risk of explosions and fires. Chemicals and gasses can be highly flammable and combustible, making it likely for a fire to break out. These may be difficult to prevent, but a good employer has a safety protocol in place to put out fires and to eliminate the risk to employees as soon as possible.

These are all risks you face often in your line of work. If you are injured offshore, you have a right to be compensated.

Source: Oilpro, "5 Common Hazards Faced By Oil and Gas Employees," Sarah Chamberland, accessed June 28, 2017

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