For employees working at an oil rig, an ordinary workday isn’t free from safety hazards. With the likelihood of fatal and severe injuries higher due to an accident, these rigs often have rigorous safety procedures to maintain their employees’ safety.

Here are a few ways managers and workers at an oil rig can improve occupational safety for themselves and their colleagues.

Inculcate A Safety Mindset

Working at an oil rig can be dangerous even if you take all the precautions. Accidents are often caused by negligence and lack of attention. Therefore, it’s essential to drill the importance of safety and a safe work environment into all the people at the rig.

All workers at the rig must be well-informed of the dangers and how to combat them. All employees need to be trained and oriented thoroughly according to the industry’s and the company’s occupational safety guidelines.

All employees should be on the same page regarding safety rules, execution procedures, and protective clothing to ensure a cohesive and safe work environment.


All workers should be adequately trained according to the jobs they will be performing and their day-to-day operations. They need to be trained on how to operate the equipment and machinery safely.

Training should also involve emergency drills so the workers can react timely with corrective measures in case of an accident or emergency.

Open Communication

Candid communication allows the leadership to identify and learn of gaps in the safety measures and rectify them immediately. Reward employees who point out shortcomings in the safety procedures. Such incentives make the workplace safer and friendly to everyone.

Protect The Machines

Oil rigs are home to heavy machinery that poses serious threats to employees. Ensuring that the machines are in perfect condition and well-protected helps prevent significant accidents.

Sufficient Lighting

Lighting is crucial at oil rigs and even more so for offshore rigs. It can get very dark at sea, and rough weather conditions can make visibility worse. Storms may even lead to complete darkness.

To ensure no one gets hurt, oil rigs must always have reliable and low-maintenance lighting that can be easily installed. This will provide adequate lighting to ensure compliance with safety protocols.  

Slip-Proof Surfaces

Ensure and enforce the idea that all work surfaces must always be kept dry. This helps reduce the risks of injuries and fatalities due to falls. While it’s a mundane task, it is essential to ensure that everyone is safe on the rig.  

Extra And Backup Equipment And Gear

Last but not least, a key component for safety on rigs has been equipment. Regulatory equipment devices reassure safety for the workers operating the machines. All parts— electronic gauges, weight indicator systems, clipper weight indicators, plumbing, hand, and power tools need to be present and fully functional at all times.

Contact Instruments Ltd. manufactures and supplies innovative and high-tech torque gauges and systems and electronic gauges to reinforce employee safety on rigs. Technicians work closely with companies worldwide to provide the right process control instrumentation for the company’s needs. Connect with the experts today to make your workplaces safer for yourselves and employees.