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.