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What are the Most Common Types of Oilfield Accidents?

Workers on an oilfield are exposed to a wide variety of hazards. Some common examples of oilfield accidents include:

  • Oil well blowouts
  • Explosions and fires
  • Transportation accidents involving the transport of workers to and from the field
  • Slips and falls due to slick surfaces
  • Struck/caught in machinery or equipment
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals or other materials
  • Defective, faulty, or poorly maintained drilling equipment and machinery

These accidents can cause life-altering and debilitating injuries, including burns, brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord and back injuries, eye injuries. Unfortunately, the oil and gas extraction industry is no stranger to fatal injuries as well — 120 workers were killed on the job in 2015. The mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry as a whole had the third largest fatal work injury rate in the United States in 2015.

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