Sobering Numbers About the Dangers of Oil and Gas Extraction

We’ve always known that the working in the oil and gas industry is dangerous business. But statistics published by the CDC recently show just how serious the dangers are.

The fatality rate for oil and gas workers was 27.1 per 100,000 workers from 2003 to 2010.

According to a short article on Occupational Health & Safety online, the fatality rate from 2003 to 2010 for the oil and gas extraction industry was an astonishing seven times higher than it was for all other workers in the United States. The death rate was 27.1 per 100,000 workers. That’s a sobering reminder of how dangerous on-shore and offshore oil and gas work is.

After hearing news like this, it’s important to remember just how important it is to adhere to tough safety standards in the oil and gas industry. Workers shouldn’t cut corners on items like flame-resistant apparel and other personal protective equipment. High quality PPE could be the difference between life and death for workers who put their lives on the line every day.