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Europe Setting Example for Oilfield Accident Safety


Jobs in the oilfield are rarely found with the stereotype of being safe; and for good reason. Many of these jobs are demanding, physically and mentally. What classifies many jobs as unsafe in the oilfield is the environment more than the job demands.

In America, several groups have been fighting for worker safety in the oilfield and progress does seem to be taking place. It seems, however, that our European neighbors across the Atlantic may be making greater strides in worker safety for oilfield jobs.

An article from Brookson.co.uk described some of the opinions oilfield workers in Europe have about the current state of worker safety. As the title to this article suggests, workers seem to be “enjoying safer conditions” in their work environment.

An increase in spending has led to an increase in safer worker conditions. Statistics show that there is a decrease in reported injuries. It should be noted that the few injuries that are reported tend to be of a more serious nature, as described by safety advisor Robert Paterson in the article from Brookson.

The Price of Worker Safety

The safer work environments that European oilfield workers are enjoying has come at a price. Reports show that over the course of 4 years, £4 billion has been invested in improving safety. This investment certainly seems to be paying off in two related fronts. It is paying off in the improvement of actual work conditions as well as in improving worker’s conception of work conditions.

The later of these two improvements is an important one. As workers conception of their work environment improves, their overall attitude or disposition will also improve. This will have a tremendous impact on the quality of the work being done and the quantity of results from this work.

Are American Workers Telling Similar Stories?

If you recall in previous articles featured in this blog, progress in America for oilfield safety can be both slow coming and superficial. Many oilfield accidents in America are a concern for many companies in the oilfield. Workers do want change and hopefully as more effort is invested, safer work environments will come to fruition.

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