The massive economic booms that can come with the oil industry do not necessarily come without a cost, as the dangers of working in this industry injure and kill many American workers each year in the U.S.
In fact, researchers have recently compiled data and statistics from various agencies to determine which states in the U.S. have the most dangerous oil fields. They found that, while the national fatality rate for oil field workers is about 27 deaths per every 100,000 workers, North Dakota had oil field worker fatality rates that were nearly triple this national average, making it the MOST dangerous state for oil field workers.
Following North Dakota to round out the top 10 spots includes:
- West Virginia, where nearly 40 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
- New Mexico, where about 38 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
- Oklahoma, where roughly 33 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
- Texas, where nearly 30 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
- Arkansas, where about 25 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
- Louisiana, where about 15 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
- Colorado, where about 15 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
- Pennsylvania, where more than 10 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
- Wyoming, where just under 10 oil field deaths occur per every 100,000 workers
What Could Bring these Numbers Down?
While these findings about worker deaths in the oil industry are alarming, what may be more disconcerting is knowing that, in some cases, these deaths (and the accidents that caused them) could have been prevented.
In fact, one thing that officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have pointed out as being pivotal to bringing down the death rate at U.S. oil fields is better training for workers.
Because the oil industry can boom overnight, it can need a sudden influx of workers, many of whom have little to no prior experience working in oil fields. Such inexperience – coupled with working at heights, working with volatile substances and working for long hours (like more than 12 hours at time, which is common in the oil industry) – can have deadly outcomes.
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