Did you know that over 50,000 people work in the oil field (pun intended) in the US alone? This includes drilling, extraction and other supporting industries. This is one of the most popular and lucrative industries in the world. There is the hunt for wells of crude oil and petroleum, the oil refineries and extraction plants, and many more. There is a huge need for trained workers who have specialized in the theory behind this field, as well as equipment that is built for the purpose of extracting and refining raw petroleum into something you pump into your gas tank every few days. As you can imagine, working in this field is a scary thing indeed. A single mistake can be fatal to more than a few people, and accidents do tend to happen when there aren’t good enough prevention methods.
The Most Common Accidents in a Plant
Exposure to highly dangerous chemicals and corrosive materials is commonplace for a worker in the oil industry. While there are safety methods and equipment such as BOP hoses that are always used, there is still a high level of risk attached to the operation of oil refining and extraction equipment. Because of the high rate of exposure, there are many situations in the daily operation of such a plant where a worker can suffer injuries and even fatalities. It is crucial that the right types of measures and countermeasures be on the ready for such an eventuality. For one, there needs to be an understanding of the basic, frequent and possible accidents in their job, such as vehicular collisions and accidents while operating in or near heavy duty equipment, flammable vapors and gas inhalation and more.
Why These Can Be Avoided
The most common accidents happen because of carelessness. For the most part, getting hit by equipment is caused by machine failure or even the inattentiveness of operators. This can be remedied by making sure that all workers are alerted when a machine is in operation. Designated safety zones such as yellow lines around the dangerous area of a working machine can also come in handy. Others like blown out pipes can be avoided for the most part by hose tagging and other fail safes. These can also prevent employees from being exposed to flammable gases and vapors that can poison them in cramped spaces when a leak occurs.
Other injuries such as overexertion, pulled muscles and more can be avoided by the simple use of basic common sense. Weekly or monthly safety workshops can go a long way in this regard.