Fatalities in the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry (FOG)

Silhouettes of Pumpjacks and Oil Workers. Photo by ronniechua, iStock/Getty Images©

The NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) is a national database that collects detailed information about worker fatalities in the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry. FOG data is used to protect workers by monitoring trends, identifying emerging issues, and producing timely reports summarizing fatal events in the industry. This information is used by NIOSH, the oil and gas extraction industry, and other stakeholder groups to better understand fatal incidents and to guide interventions that will prevent future loss of life.

FIGURE. An oil field worker manually gauges the level of process fluid in a fixed production oil tank* — United States

Gases and vapors continue to pose hazards on oil and gas well sites during gauging, fluid transfer, and disposal.

Page last reviewed: April 4, 2019, 12:15 PM