It’s an understatement to say in the past few years the oil and gas industry – both “upstream” in exploration and drilling operations, and “downstream” in refining processes – has gone through formidable safety challenges and traumatic safety-related incidents. Today, major oil and gas multinationals are among the most transparent of any enterprises in sharing safety and health lessons learned and best practices, as the industry strives to achieve and maintain the public trust necessary to pursue sources of energy. Here are 20 best practices – some of which you might find applicable to your own operations.
Vehicle crashes are the single largest cause of fatalities to workers in the oil and gas industry, making up four out of every ten fatalities in the industry. In about half of the cases, the victims were not wearing seat belts. Something as simple as ensuring all occupants buckle up when traveling in vehicles could significantly lower injury and fatality statistics.