Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Federal Report Provides Data on Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities

In September 2015, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published a report entitled “Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities” during the period from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.

Based on the Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) database, including information on fatal injuries in onshore and offshore oil and gas operations, NIOSH indicates that 43 oil and gas workers died from January to June 2014 during upstream and midstream activities. The database, however, does not include information on workers fatalities involved in pipeline activities.

According to the report, most frequent known causes of fatalities among oil and gas extraction workers are falling objects, explosion and electrocution; even though the causes are unknown for most deaths. 

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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