When a work accident occurs in the oilfield industry, companies are determined
to find the exact cause to prevent future incidents. Poor supervision,
insufficient training, and ignoring procedures are common contributing
factors to oilfield accidents. However, when it comes to fatigue being
the main cause of an accident, figuring out how it plays a role can be
Since various industries consider fatigue to be a normal occurrence in
human operations, accident investigators may dismiss or ignore it as a
contributing factor to an injury on the job. But according to the National
Sleep Foundation, losing two hours of sleep results in the same physical
impairment as a BAC level of 0.05 percent. Fatigue often results in poor
judgment, including operating heavy equipment in a careless manner or
omitting a step in the process of extracting oil.
How to Overcome Fatigue
Fatigue management is an effective strategy which focuses on the task of
overcoming sleep deprivation, stress, and poor nutrition – which
results in fatigue, attention deficiencies, and carelessness. In many
oilfields, employees typically work long hours in remote areas and their
living quarters may consist of an RV or even just a pickup truck.
Improving workers’ living conditions can help eradicate factors which
result in fatigue. Employers can provide their employees with suitable
sleeping quarters, food with high nutritional value, and easy access to
medical care in the event of a minor or major injury.
If you suffered an injury in the oilfield due to fatigue, contact The Law
Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC and
request a consultation with our San Antonio oil field accidents lawyer today.