The oil industry has a deep history in Pennsylvania and many people rely on it as their source of income today. Generally, workers go about their daily business without disruption. Employers tend to be safety-conscious as well, due to the nature of the industry.
Unfortunately, accidents in the oil industry do still occur. Sadly, these can be serious at times and may result in injuries that lead to workers being unable to provide for their families. One of the most useful preventative measures is to recognize where threats are coming from. Outlined below are some of the more common safety risks posed to oil and gas workers.
The risk of fires and explosions
It goes without saying that workers in oil-related settings are exposed to flammable materials. Often, these are kept under control, but damaged equipment could lead to gas leaks. Much of the work that goes on in the industry, such as welding, requires a source of heat. Hot work and exposure to flammable substances can be a lethal combination.
Slips, trips and falls
Oil platforms typically comprise multiple levels as well as intricate frameworks. This means that stairways and ladders are often utilized as a means to get around. Furthermore, the space on such platforms is generally limited, meaning that it must be used efficiently. Simply carrying out regular tasks in such an environment can present a risk of falling over. If someone has left items in walkways rather than suitable storage, there is also a heightened risk of a slip-and-fall accident.
It is important to protect yourself as an oil worker in Pennsylvania. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, there may be a route open for you to claim compensation for the harm you have suffered.