The oil and gas industry has traditionally been one of the most dangerous occupational niches one could find. To be fair, much of this simply goes with the nature of the business. Place heavy machinery, high-pressure hydrocarbons and 24/7 constant motion together in one place, and accidents are bound to happen.
But here’s the shocking news:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports oil and gas extraction deaths hit its highest level in 2012 since the government began compiling accident data in 2003.
This trend has only continued upwards.
According to Thomas Perez, United States Secretary of Labor:
“Job gains in oil and gas and construction have come with more fatalities, and that is unacceptable. No worker should lose their life for a paycheck.”
But lose them they do, as well as losing limbs or suffering other severely debilitating injuries and even diseases.