Companies in the oil and gas extraction industry operate and/or develop oil and gas fields as a part of upstream oil and gas activities. These activities are sometimes referred to as exploration and production. Such activities may include:
The oil and gas well drilling and servicing industry was born in the United States in 1859 when the Drake Well outside Titusville, PA first struck oil. Since then, this industry has evolved to become a vital part of the petroleum industry.
The oil and gas industry employs hundreds of thousands of people and is a vital component of the national economy.
The information and resources provided in this course can help workers and employers identify and eliminate hazards in their workplace. The course introduces applicable OSHA regulatory requirements, as well as industry standards and guidance aimed at identifying, preventing, and controlling exposure to hazards.
Employers must protect the safety and health of workers involved in oil and gas operations according to:
A derrickman was working on the derrick board of a rig. After taking a break, the derrickman climbed back up to the derrick board and did not attach his fall protection device after unhooking from the climb assist. The worker grabbed the first stand of pipe with the tail rope which helped keep his balance as the elevators were being sent up to attach to the pipe. When he released the tail rope, he lost his balance and fell 90 ft. to the rig floor, where he was fatally injured.
Here are some ways to prevent this type of accident:
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1. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014). Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/oilgaswelldrilling/otherresources.html
2. American Petroleum Institute (2014). Guidance Document for the Development of a Safety and Environmental Management System for Onshore Oil and Natural Gas Production Operations and Associated Activities. Retrieved from:http://www.api.org/
3. Bureau of Land Management (2014). Public Lands: Interior. Retrieved from: www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/mt/blm_programs/energy/oil_and_gas/policy/cfr3160.Par.28656.File.dat/cfr3160.pdf