Hand Safety Spotlight

Category: safety

Work in the oil and gas industry has hazards that are unique to the business. If you are a stakeholder in this industry, procedural safety is undoubtedly a major concern, along with field maturity, productivity and hitting bottom line targets.

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Workers in industrial sectors regularly operate under hazardous conditions. In the oil and gas and petrochemical industries, every phase of production presents a wide range of threats such as chemical burns, toxic gas, hazardous noise, or manual handling injuries. Manufacturing facilities and construction sites are major danger zones as well, exposing workers to hazards like trips, falls and repetitive motion injuries. And that’s just scratching the surface.

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You don’t see or hear stored energy until it’s released. This threat often stays hidden until it’s too late, so it can pose a serious threat to employees who service or maintain equipment that could start unexpectedly or have an unexpected release of stored energy.

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In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 143,000 hand-related workplace injuries, second only to back injuries (which numbered 191,450). While hand injuries are not usually fatal, they can certainly cause a worker significant pain and suffering. Along with lost earnings and medical bills, severe hand injuries can permanently affect the way an injured person does simple, everyday tasks.

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Most U.S. companies either have no lockout/tagout (LOTO) program or an inefficient, generic one that leaves employees without the guidance or training they need to perform safe lockout/tagout procedures.

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Risk management strategies are vital to a modern company’s safe operations. Every employee in your organization – including project managers, business owners and front-line employees – can and should use risk assessments to perform their work and safeguard against HSE incidents.

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Because of the nature of their occupation, workers in heavy industries like construction and oil and gas are exposed to hazardous conditions in their workplace. Yet with all the potentially dangerous elements that surround them, industrial workers are most susceptible to injuries from an unlikely source ‒ dropped objects. Because of this, dropped object prevention has become an extremely important field of study in occupational safety.

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The petroleum industry is a global powerhouse that generates trillions of dollars and employs thousands of workers every year. In fact, the oil and gas drilling sector earned a total revenue of $5 trillion (USD) in 2014 alone. Companies that explore, develop and operate oilfields make up 4.5 to 6.5 percent of the global economy. This number will only continue to increase with time. The industry is also a major contributor to the national GDP of regions that house oil companies. For example, in 2016, oil revenue made up 44.03 percent of Kuwait’s GDP, 42.41 percent of Iraq’s GDP and 26.44 percent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP. All of this

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The oil and gas industry is a crucial part of global economy, even though it is one of the most hazardous industries in the world. Common incidents in industrial sectors (like oil and gas, heavy construction and manufacturing) include transportation accidents (truck, rail, ship and pipeline), physical contact injuries (e.g., struck by incidents), fire and explosion, chemical or toxic material exposure, and common slips, trips and falls.

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