Life-altering injuries can happen at work, especially in the oil field industry. The Journal of Petroleum Technology reports more injuries and deaths occurred in 2021 than in 2020.
Educating workers about the potential risks at work may help them avoid getting hurt.
A common injury in oil fields is burns. The fields contain large amounts of chemicals and gases that burn easily. Sometimes an accident can lead to a fire or explosion. These accidents may cause first to third-degree burns to workers. Severe burns can lead to permanent disfigurement, infection and death.
Broken bones are another type of injury common to workers in oil fields. Workers spend their shifts around heavy machinery, which can hit them and cause them to fall. Sometimes these falls are from above, which makes it likely that the employee might suffer broken bones. Severe injuries may include breaking their backs, necks and skull bones, leading to permanent injuries.
Another type of injury is gas poisoning. Hydrogen sulfide naturally exists in the oil fields. Workers get exposed to small amounts over time, which can cause rashes and headaches. However, without enough ventilation, the deadly gases may build up in areas and cause workers to vomit, pass out and even die.
Finally, workers must be aware of electrocution risks. Many types of chemicals in the oil fields conduct electricity. If workers are around live wires, the chemicals might complete the circuit and cause workers to get electrocuted.
Oil fields pose many risks to workers. Taking precautions to prevent injuries can keep employees safe.