The oil and gas extraction sector includes many jobs that are the lifeblood of Oklahoma’s economy. Work in this sector includes: Exploring for crude oil and natural gas Drilling, equipping, and completing wells Operation of emulsion breakers, separators, emulsion breakers, and desilting equipment, and field gathering lines for crude petroleum and natural gas Producing crude…

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The prime cause of oil and gas worker fatalities, just as with others workers in general industries, is transportation accidents. The majority of oil industry employees injured on-the-job are eligible to file for and obtain workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits pay for a percentage of loss of income, physical rehab, and medical treatments. Transportation-related accidents…

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A recent pipe equipment incident is a warning that manufacturing and fabrication defects can cause burn injuries and death. Burn injuries can cause respiratory difficulties. Severe burns usually leave permanent scars which may require skin grafts and plastic surgery. Victims often suffer emotional damage in addition to the physical damage. Bartlesville Radio reported recently that…

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In the state of Oklahoma, the oil pump jack is a well-known symbol. It brings to mind a once thriving oil drilling industry that draws oil to the surface and greenbacks to the state. On the other side of the coin, idle pumps symbolize something not so positive in the state of Oklahoma – abandoned,…

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Fracking, also referred to as hydraulic fracturing, is a form of drilling in which a mixture of pressured water is used to extract natural gas and oil from deep under the earth. This method has increased in popularity over the past 10 to 15 years. The process of fracking accounts for close to 7 in…

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Oil field accidents can occur for many reasons. Some of the more common types that are often deadly, or cause permanent injuries include oil rig explosions, rigs that collapse, well blowouts, and drilling injuries. Sometimes the causes of the accidents are fairly obvious such as violations of OSHA safety rules and violations common oil-field industry…

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Workers in the oil and gas industry face many dangers. They are often exposed to severe weather. They work long hours which causes fatigue. Many employees and contractors work with machinery that is defective, needs repairs, and is hard to manipulate. Derrick hands, roustabouts, and oilfield drivers have the greatest likelihood of being injured. Employees…

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