In 2016, 904 Canadian workers died in workplace related injuries and/or accidents. A sizable number of these fatalities tat took place on oilfields. In our neighbouring country, America, between 2008 and 2017, 1,566 workers died working on oil rigs.
Given how oilfields and drilling rigs are heavy-duty industries, and the work requires complex equipment, it’s not difficult to see that the arena isn’t exactly all fun and games.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t be safe.
Having a Safety-First Mindset
More than the measures, this is about the mindset. Knowing—in your mind—that safety is far more important than anything else is the first link in the chain. You should bear in mind that when you’re working on a rig, you are at sea—and the sea is a dangerous place.
In addition to the rig itself, there are other things you need to be wary of: such as the weather, storms, humidity levels, the sun, tides, and the lengthy periods of time that workers have to spend there.
Many of these problems are also issues at offshore fields—such as extreme weather and humidity—but at sea, they become much scarier. You have uneven terrain, the decks could be slippery or wet—there are just way too many red flags to take safety for granted.
Having a Safety-First Mindset trumps everything else.
Prevention is Better than Cure
If you’re assessing risks before problems ensue, you’re on the right path. This is how you prevent calamities before they occur. Safety audits are a must. Vigilance and employee training are a close second in terms of priority.
Rage Against the Machine
Protection from the machines onboard is vital—this includes electrical surges and other issues. You should double this up with regular maintenance checks. Ensure that your employees are not mishandling the equipment and are well-trained for the job.
Signage and Lighting
Sometimes, the biggest accidents can be prevented by having proper lighting and signage onboard. As long as the employees are able to see where they’re going and what they’re doing, they’ll be equipped to fight potential hazards.
Some of the most major accidents that occur in workplaces—oilfields or otherwise—happen courtesy of falls. It’s easy enough to lose your balance or slip and fall if the surface area is not right. This can, of course, result badly for the worker who falls. Make sure you’re examining the surface area and reducing the likelihood of such incidents taking place.
Use the Right Products
Quality oilfield products can help you prevent accidents since they are reliable and less prone to malfunction. If you’ve been looking for products such as industrial gauges and trash pump parts, reach out to us at Contact Instruments today.