Precautions for Employers in the Oil and Gas Industry


Between 2016 and 2018, there were 15 fatalities and 54 hospitalizations from uncontrolled pressure release in the Oil and Gas Industry. NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program suggests that developing and following hazardous energy control procedures could prevent worker injuries and fatalities.

Common sources such as gases, steam, crude oil, petroleum products, slurry, chemicals, water, hydraulic, and air can all be fatal when increased pressure is released during the commissioning/decommissioning, maintenance, and repair of pressurized lines and equipment. Workers can also be at risk of being struck by projectile materials when uncontrolled pressure is released. The fact of the matter is pressure can kill and it's important to be aware of this hazard.