6 Best Practices to Avoid Workplace Accidents

Working conditions at oil and gas sites can be challenging and hazardous. Combined with physically demanding conditions, the probability of accidents become even higher.

Luckily, incidents can be prevented with proper safety policies, worker training and the right response procedures. The company may ultimately be the party that’s held accountable for accidents and its impacts, the responsibility of preventing and managing accidents falls on both the workers and the company.

Here are 6 tips for avoiding workplace accidents at oil and gas sites.

1. Manage fatigue

Sleepy or fatigued workers are 70% more likely to be involved in industrial accidents than well-rested workers. Accommodation provided in offshore or remote facilities can make it difficult for workers to get quality sleep. Having access to sleeping masks, earplugs, closing curtains and turning off all electronics two hours before bed can help ensure you get better sleep.

2. Use protective equipment

Wear the right protective equipment when you’re on the job. Eye and hearing protection, safety boots, gloves and hard hats should always be worn on pipeline job sites. If you’re working at heights, make sure you have heights training and fall arrest protection at all times.

3. Keep walking and working surfaces clear

All walkways, roads, platforms, tables and other surfaces should be clear of obstacles, equipment, cords or other items that could cause someone to trip, or that would cause injury if someone fell on it. You should also ensure surfaces are clear of ice and fluids that make cause slips.

4. Maintain good relationships with supervisors and coworkers

An essential part of accident prevention is good planning and communication. Supervisors have a responsibility to train and advise workers, and workers have a responsibility to look out for each other and alert supervisors to potential hazards. Mutual respect between all parties ensures everyone’s concerns are respected and taken into consideration.

5. Practice safety drills & evacuation procedures

Although serious accidents are unlikely, they can have a significant impact on the workers and the site. Safety, fire and evacuation drills should be regularly conducted to ensure all workers, emergency response teams and even local authorities or response units have practice with the procedures in case an incident ever arises.

6. Safely operate equipment and handle materials

Equipment operators should have a thorough knowledge of the operations of all equipment, including both handheld and heavy equipment. Workers should also know how to evaluate whether they are in a state to use the equipment and if the environmental conditions will allow for the safe use of equipment. Materials that are oversized or heavy require special attention.

The current period of low oil prices has been challenging for the entire industry, but if the industry bands together we can use this period to evolve as a team. If you need help with emergency response services or safety training at your oil and gas sites, contact us today for a free quote.