A new hazard alert addresses fatalities related to hot work on oilfield
tanks, tankers, and similar equipment to prevent them. According to the
National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS)
Network, 28 workers were killed due to fires and explosions related to
hot work in oil and gas operations.
Hot work consists of the following:
- Activities involving fire or spark-producing tools
OSHA & NIOSH urges employers to conduct exposure and hazard assessments
at the worksite, set up safe work procedures and practices, and train
workers on additional risk control measures, including air monitoring
protocols, emergency procedures, as well as recognizing and eradicating
ignition sources. Employees are advised to use necessary personal protective
equipment and air monitoring devices at all times.
Furthermore, workers must understand the contents and hazards of any tank
on which they work, as well as be aware of all alarms. In the event of
a hazard, it must be reported immediately, and all workers in the area
must evacuate if it is unsafe.
For more information,
contact our San Antonio oil field accidents lawyer at The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC today.