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How explosions endanger oil field workers

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Oil Field Injuries

Oil field explosions can have a devastating impact on workers and their communities. This past December, an incident at a Williston oil field in North Dakota caused multiple injuries, demonstrating the risks that workers in this industry face.

Understanding and addressing the risks associated with oil field work can help protect those who contribute tirelessly to the state’s energy sector.

Causes of oil field explosions

There are many different factors that can contribute to explosions in oil fields. Likewise, these incidents may involve multiple causes. Negligence is more likely to occur if an oil extraction company prioritizes speed and profits over safety, leading to dangerous working conditions.

Oil field workers endure long hours under tough conditions. Fatigue and overwork may make them more likely to make errors. Additionally, companies that fail to enforce or implement adequate safety procedures put their employees at risk. Lastly, using defective equipment without proper maintenance or replacement can lead to catastrophic failures.

Injuries and aftermath

Oil field explosions can cause serious injuries that vary in both severity and type. Burns are common due to the intense heat and flames. They can harm the skin and deeper tissues. Complications of burns include infections, scarring and disfigurement. Skin grafts may be necessary to treat severe burn injuries.

The force of the blast can also cause traumatic brain injuries. TBIs can range from mild concussions to brain damage that limits cognitive functions and physical abilities. Blasts can result in fractures and broken bones, too.

Inhalation injuries are also common, as workers may breathe in toxic fumes or smoke, leading to respiratory issues or lung damage. Hearing loss or damage is possible due to the loudness of the incident.

Volatile materials, heavy machinery and high-pressure situations make working in an oil field dangerous work. When explosions happen in oil fields, they often cause severe injuries or even deaths. Advocating for the safety of the hardworking employees who operate in these environments is important.