With the oil and gas industry booming in various regions throughout the country, especially with the phenomenal growth associated with the major shale plays, our industry is hiring and training thousands of new employees. With large numbers of untrained personnel joining our ranks, the need for safety training is at an all-time high.
The following are just a few important tips and reminders to help keep the oilfield safe for all of us:
- Wear proper clothing and safety apparel.
- The roadways throughout the oilfields are filled with heavy traffic and dangerous conditions so drive safely, obey traffic signs, always wear a seat belt, and dont use cell phones while behind the wheel to talk, text, or e-mail.
- Enter hazardous areas (e.g., drilling, production, or pipeline locations) with caution. Locate a wind sock or flag and know which direction should be used for evacuation in case of an emergency.
- Watch your step; lots of accidents occur as the result of simply tripping, stumbling, or slipping.
- Use the right tools for the job.
- Make safety a lifestyle, not a job.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to safety. We hope these tips are useful reminders as we strive to stay safe at home and work.
The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.
~ Billy R. Patterson, Marathon Oil Company