Working on an oil rig is among the most dangerous jobs there is. According to the CDC, during the oil and gas boom of the late 2000s, there were around 25 fatalities per 100,000 workers in the United States. This figure, and others like it around the world, has been steadily declining, thanks to a welcome shift in workplace culture toward safety. And this hasn’t come at the expense of productivity; when workers feel that their safety is being taken seriously, they are less stressed, more focussed, and more dedicated to the success of the venture as a whole.
So, what steps might we take to promote safety on an oil rig? Fortunately, there are several concrete steps.