Oil field accidents are, unfortunately, all too common in the United States. There are seemingly endless ways in which oil and gas industry laborers can sustain injuries at work, and sadly, the injury rates for this type of work are increasing in recent years. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the most prominent injury statistics in the oil and gas industry.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the oil field industry is one of the top producers of workplace injuries in all of the United States. This is largely due to the dangerous nature of the work that takes place in oil fields.
Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe life-threatening ailments and fatalities. It is important for workers in this industry to be acutely aware of the mounting risks and ensure employers take steps to protect them while on the job. Read on to learn more about oil field injury statistics.
2021 Oil Field Injury Statistics
According to the 2021 safety report produced by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), there was a 5% increase in the number of reported work hours from 2020 to 2021, although the number of deaths in the industry has risen from 14 in 2020 to 20 in 2021. There were 15 separate incidents that accounted for each of the 20 fatalities.
Similarly, the overall total recordable injury rate was 0.77 in 2021, which is a hefty 10% increase from the year before.
There were a total of 580 lost workday cases reported. Of that number, there were 453 contractor-related incidents and 127 company-related incidents.
Here is a short breakdown of how the most commonly sustained injuries were categorized:
- Slips and trips (at the same height):
- 114 cases - 20% of the total
- Struck by (not dropped object):
- 106 cases - 18% of the total
We Are Here to Help Injured Oil Field Workers
If you have sustained an on-the-job injury while working in the oil and gas industry, you may be owed compensation for your losses. Do not hesitate to reach out to our skilled team immediately to learn more about the legal process and what we can do to help you.