If your business manages oil drilling sites, you probably understand the risks. Oil is expensive and potentially dangerous when mishandles. The equipment used to harvest it could also harm those responsible for its operation. Employees on your drill site therefore need to take several safety steps to keep themselves safe on the property. This will usually involve wearing several pieces of safety gear. What are some of the most-important items workers need?
Anyone who works on or visits a drill site will likely need to wear protective gear in some shape or form. Wherever your employees work, make sure they have the appropriate materials to protect themselves.
How Oil Can Harm Rig Workers
There are multiple safety risks in and around oil rigs.
Oil is flammable, even in its crude state. It and its fumes are also often toxic. Should a mishandled product make contact with workers, they could sustain burns or other injuries.
Oil is slick and often hard to keep contained. Therefore, someone could easily slip and fall in areas where even the thinnest layer of oil has spilled.
To drill and harvest oil, you have to use various types of equipment. Any item on the site could prove dangerous or cause injury if mishandled or even just neglected.
In the event of employee injuries, they often have a right to workers’ compensation. This insurance coverage will pay for the medical costs or supplementary income of workers injured on the job.
Most states require businesses to provide this coverage. Nevertheless, you never want to face a workers’ compensation claim because of the associated liabilities. Therefore, the more you can do to prevent injuries, the better. One of the first places to start is to require protective gear onsite.
Critical Safety Gear
On a rig, everyone faces injury risks. The better access they have to safety gear, the safer they will be. Some of the things workers might need are:
Head gear, including hard hats and fire-retardant hoods
Goggles and spark-retardant face shields
Masks, including gas masks
Ear protection, noise cancelling headphones
Fireproof clothing. Everything from overalls to gloves should be able to resist heat and flames. They also should not contain components that pose a high risk of causing sparks.
Boots with strong soles to prevent slip and fall risks.
It is important to supply these items to any employee who might need them. Yet, that doesn’t go far enough. You also need to ensure they know how to use the gear safely. They also will need periodic tests and checkups to ensure they remember all of their training. Of course, these items might wear out over time. You should replace them as soon as you notice damage or ineffectiveness.