If you work in the oil field, or if you are considering a job in the oil field, you likely know it can be a dangerous job. According to data provided by the United States Department of Labor, three out of every five on-site fatalities in the oil industry are caused by being struck by, caught in, or stuck between hazards. Because of this, it is especially important to understand how to avoid being hit by or stuck between a variety of objects which you will encounter in the oil field on a daily basis.
- Inspect your tools before using them. Defective tools can be a huge hazard. For example, a faulty sledgehammer could fall apart while being used, and someone could be hit with a part of the tool. Do not use tools which are not in good working condition. Instead, put them somewhere where others will not unintentionally pick them up and try to use the defective tools.
- Wear your correct protective gear. This may include hard hats, protective footwear, safety glasses, gloves, and other appropriate protective gear.
- Be aware of your surrounding. When people around you are using potentially dangerous equipment, do not get in the way.
- Be aware of those around you. Even if they are not using appropriate safety measures, avoid creating dangerous working conditions for your coworkers.
- Use equipment appropriately. Do not take dangerous shortcuts in an attempt to complete a task faster.
- Report any potential hazards to your supervisor right away.
If you or a family member has been injured in an oil field accident or if a family member has died as a result of an oil field accident, it is time to consult an oil field accident attorney. Because each case is unique, it is important for you to contact us to learn how we can help you.