Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

Injury rates on new and old technology oil and gas rigs operated by the largest United States onshore drilling contractor.

Authors
Blackley-DJ; Retzer-KD; Hubler-WG; Hill-RD; Laney-AS
Source
Am J Ind Med 2014 Oct; 57(10):1188-1192
NIOSHTIC No.
20045051
Abstract
Background: Occupational fatality rates among oil and gas extraction industry and specifically among drilling contractor workers are high compared to the U.S. all-industry average. There is scant literature focused on non-fatal injuries among drilling contractors, some of which have introduced engineering controls to improve rig efficiency and reduce injury risk. Methods: We compared injury rates on new and old technology rigs operated by the largest U.S. drilling contractor during 2003-2012, stratifying by job type and grouping outcomes by injury severity and body part affected. Results: Six hundred seventy-one injuries were recorded over 77.4 million person-hours. The rate on new rigs was 66% of that on old rigs. Roughnecks had lower injury rates on new rigs, largely through reduced limb injury rates. New rigs had lower rates in each nonfatal injury severity category. Conclusions: For this company, new technology rigs appear to provide a safer environment for roughnecks. Future studies could include data from additional companies.
Keywords
Work-environment; Work-areas; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Oil-industry; Gas-industry; Engineering-controls; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Control-technology; Surveillance; Author Keywords: oil and gas extraction; drilling contractors; domestic energy; occupational injuries; engineering controls
Contact
David J.Blackley,DrPH,Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20141001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dblackley@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2015
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M092014
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DRDS; WSO
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
WV; GA; CO; OK
TOP