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Injury rates on new and old technology oil and gas rigs operated by the largest United States onshore drilling contractor.
Blackley-DJ; Retzer-KD; Hubler-WG; Hill-RD; Laney-AS
Am J Ind Med 2014 Oct; 57(10):1188-1192
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.
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
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
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
WV; GA; CO; OK
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division