Fatalities in the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry (FOG)

Table 1: Fatally injured workers as captured in FOG, 2017
Year Fatalities Average # of Rigs*
2017 69 876

*The active rotary rig count is a recognized metric of industry activity in oil and gas extraction. The data source for the active rotary rig count is the Baker Hughes Rig Countexternal icon and includes both land-based and offshore rigs. Average number of rigs is the annual U.S. average for the year being reported.
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Table 2: State where workers were fatally injured as captured in FOG, 2017
State Fatalities+ Average # of Rigs*
Texas 44 431
Oklahoma 6 120
Louisiana 4 61
New Mexico 3 59
North Dakota 3 46
Colorado <3 33
Illinois <3 2
Ohio <3 2
West Virginia <3 12
Wyoming <3 22
Total 69

*The active rotary rig count is a recognized metric of industry activity in oil and gas extraction. The data source for the active rotary rig count is the Baker Hughes Rig Countexternal icon and includes both land-based and offshore rigs.
+Fatality count suppressed for fewer than 3 fatalities.

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Table 3: Age of fatally injured workers as captured in FOG, 2017
Age Fatalities %
Under 21 3 4%
21-30 17 25%
31-40 8 12%
41-50 16 23%
51-60 10 14%
61+ 11 16%
Unknown 4 6%
Total 69 100%

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Table 4: Years of industry experience of fatally injured workers as captured in FOG, 2017
Known years in the Industry Fatalities
Less than 1 year 10
1-10 years 6
11-20 years 6
21-30+ years 6
Unknown 41
Total 69

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Table 5: Fatally injured workers working unobserved or alone as captured in FOG, 2017
Working Unobserved or Alone Fatalities
Working unobserved 20*
Working alone 28

*Information unknown for 48 of the 69 fatally injured workers.
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Table 6: Industry group for fatally injured workers as captured in FOG, 2017
Industry Group (NAICS) Fatalities+ %
Well Servicing (213112) 43 62%
Drilling Operations (213111) 6 9%
Specialized Freight (484220) <3
Operator (211) <3
Other Industry* 9 13%
Unknown 7 10%
Total 69 100%

*Data combined for reporting purposes.
+Fatality count suppressed for fewer than 3 fatalities.

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Table 7: Operation being conducted when worker was fatally injured as captured in FOG, 2017
Operation Fatalities+ %
Unspecified: roadway 17 25%
Production 15 22%
Drilling Operations 10 14%
Well Servicing, intervention, or workover 8 12%
Yard Operations 8 12%
Well completion: Hydraulic fracturing 7 10&
Well completion: Other <3
Unspecified: Wellsite operations <3
Well completion: Flowback <3
Waste fluid treatment and disposal <4
Total 69 100%

+Fatality count suppressed for fewer than 3 fatalities.
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Table 8: Event type causing worker fatality as captured in FOG, 2017
Event type Fatalities+ %
Vehicle incidents 29 42%
Roadway 22 32%
On-site 7 10%
Contact injuries 22 24%
Struck by 9 13%
Caught between or crushed 6 9%
Struck by falling object 3 4%
Explosion (combustion or fire) 10 14%
Exposures 4 6%
Harmful substance <3
Environmental <3
Alcohol or drug poisoning <3
Fall: from height 4 6%
Cardiac event (possible work exposure) <3
Cardiac event (no known work exposure) <3
Electrocutions <3
Explosion (pressure) <3
Total 69 100%

+Fatality count suppressed for fewer than 3 fatalities.
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Table 9: Activity being conducted when worker was fatally injured as captured in FOG, 2017
Activities Fatalities+
Transport: 19
Fluids 12
Unspecified cargo 4
Equipment, proppant, or supplies hauling <3
Other types of cargo <3
Repair or maintenance: 11
Equipment 5
Flowlines 3
Rig <3
Separation equipment <3
Vehicle <3
Housekeeping and cleaning: 8
Equipment 4
Tanks or other vessels 4
Material Handling: 7
Powered equipment 7
Travel: 7
Light duty vehicle (unknown) 7
Drilling, Pulling or Running tubulars: 6
Make up or break-out 4
Lay down or pick-up <3
Racking Back <3
Rigging up or down 6
Break or rest <3
Chemical handling <3
Equipment assembly or dismantle <3
Hotwork and welding <3
Plug drill out <3
Pressure pumping <3
Spotting <3
Tank opening, gauging, or sampling <3
Training <3
Well control equipment activities <3
Wellhead or pumping unit activities <3
Wellsite construction or upkeep <3
Wireline and slickline activities <3

+Fatality count suppressed for fewer than 3 fatalities.
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Table 10: Incidents involving multiple fatalities* as captured in FOG, 2017
Event type Phase of Operation Activities
 1  Explosion (pressure)  Yard Operations
  • Housekeeping and cleaning: Tanks or other vessels
  • Chemical Handling
 2  Explosion (combustion) or fire  Production
  • N/A
 3  Vehicle incident: roadway  Unspecified: roadway
  • Transport: fluids

+Fatality count suppressed for fewer than 3 fatalities.
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Page last reviewed: April 15, 2020, 02:35 PM