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What preventative steps can you take to stay safe on an oil rig?

If your profession requires you to work in or around an oil rig, you face a heightened set of risks that are unique to the industry. Because of the harsh environmental conditions, heavy machinery and equipment, and elemental exposure you face each day, you are at risk of injury especially if you are careless or passive about adhering to safety requirements. Fortunately, you can better protect yourself and reduce your chances of serious injury by implementing preventative steps that will allow you to do your job efficiently without compromising your safety.

According to Oil & Gas Jobs Advice, there are several essential precautions you can take when working on or around an oil rig. These include the following:

  • Do not experiment: It is never a wise idea to toy with equipment you have never used before, even if you are confident you know what you are doing. Only use equipment that you have received training on and are properly certified to use.
  • Wear proper gear: Even when putting on all of your safety gear seems unnecessary or inconvenient, always take a few extra minutes to put everything on. Wearing your safety gear can make all the difference in your protection if you are faced with a hazardous situation. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Always pay attention to your surroundings to recognize potential dangers before it is too late. Practicing vigilance is an excellent way to prevent unnecessary accidents due to distraction, visual obstruction and carelessness. 
  • Follow the rules: There are valid reasons why your management has put rules into place. These instructions allow you and your coworkers to safely complete your jobs without compromising each other's safety. Always adhere to all protocols and follow procedural instructions carefully to avoid unnecessary disasters. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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