Oil and gas jobs have always been among the most hazardous. Exacerbating the issue are explosive growth, demanding quotas and an influx of inexperienced workers. In the face of these hurdles, a strong commitment to safety by employers, workers, insurance companies and regulatory agencies is transforming the oil patch into a safer place to work.
A 2014 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that fatal work injuries in the private mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector decreased from 181 in 2012 to 154 in 2013, a 15 percent reduction.
Similarly, the number of fatal work injury cases in oil and gas extraction industries dropped from 142 in 2012 to 112 in 2013, a 20 percent reduction.
Still, oil and gas jobs have the dubious distinction of being six times more hazardous than jobs in other industries. In fact, 50 oil and gas workers died in Texas during 2013, more than any other state. Clearly, there is work to be done. Texas Mutual encourages employers to use these free resources to keep their employees safe and on the job.