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Strict OSHA Reporting Regs Take Effect Jan. 1
HOUSTON -- Oil patch injuries involving treatment at
a clinic or hospital have to be reported by phone or
via the OSHA website within 24 hours of the injury,
under new Federal
rules that became law on January 1, 2015.
According to the Houston Chronicle, oil operators and
service companies, for the first time, will have to
inform OSHA about nonfatal accidents like amputations,
loss of an eye, or hospitalization of a single
Formerly, employers were required to report only if a
death occurred or if three or more workers were
injured seriously enough to require hospitalization.
Over 110 drilling, well service, and operating
companies have been cited by OSHA for failing to keep
Vehicle Injuries, Public Transport
Injury, Workplace Heart Attacks Reportable
OSHA says "If the motor vehicle accident occurred in
a construction work zone, you must report the
the new rules "hospitalization" includes
admission to a clinic for care or treatment, and OSHA
re-defined "amputation" to include loss of a fingertip
with or without bone loss. Local OSHA Area Office
directors now have discretion to investigate any
fatality or hospitalization following a workplace
heart attack, depending on the circumstances of the
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Anthony Dorn of Sloan Mason provides insight on oil and petrochemical insurance risks. In this discussion at 2014 IRMI Energy Risk and Insurance Conference, Mr. Dorn says property/casualty insurance programs in energy are highly specialized and subject to demanding underwriting requirements.
Mr. Dorn identifies drilling, pipelines, inland marine, and workers comp as the major trends affecting the energy sector today. For casualty insurers with a multitude of workers comp claims -- dangerous oilfield work, with contract workers who deliver water, build ponds, operate heavy equipment -- exposure is staggering.
Dorn advises risk managers to look at safety measures they can implement with employees. "If the workers comp market keeps going up the way it is, it’s going to push rates up so high that businesses will have a hard time making profit.”
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Oil and gas industry fatalities represent nearly
50 percent of the reports to OSHA’s Bismarck, N.D. office. The office has eight investigators that cover incidents in North Dakota and South Dakota.
There were 71 deaths reported to OSHA in the past four years,
34 of which were oil and gas workers, according to OSHA Area Director Eric Brooks.
“It's a mix of drilling and service operations,” he said. “That’s going to be the bulk [of reported fatalities in the oilfield].” Incidents involve workers struck by or caught in machinery, electrocutions, explosions and fire. Those descriptions cover over 80 percent of the incidents.
“OSHA has a six-month statute of limitations to investigate each fatality,” Brooks said. “Our goal is to get there within 24 hours.”
North Dakota had the highest worker fatality rate in the nation in 2011, with 12.4 deaths per 100,000 employees that year.
In May 2014, an oilfield accident near Orla, Texas killed two men and injured nine. Witnesses said the explosion shattered truck windshields and deployed airbags of vehicles parked near the area. About 15 people were on site at the time of the explosion.
Workers weren' t able to report the incident because of a lack of cell phone service in the area.
Loving County Sheriff Bill Hopper said he had not received an update since 9:30 a.m. "Out in those parts, our communication is almost next to nothing."
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Year In Review
58 Men Killed, Seriously Injured in U.S. Oil & Gas Operations Last Year
Tops Overseas Casualties
Two injured in New Mexico oilfield explosion; Platform explosion in US Gulf kills one, injures three; Worker fatally falls from drilling rig in West Texas; One killed & three injured in New Mexico blowout; Fire at an oilfield in Ohio takes a life; One killed, 2 injured in Colorado frac; Rigworker killed on drillsite in Colorado; Five serious injuries in Texas rig fire; Two rig workers killed on OCS jackup; Oilfield worker killed in Manitoba accident; Man killed on wellsite in West Texas; One death and two injuries in explosion off Louisiana; XTO employee killed in Oklahoma; Two Rayco employees killed in West Texas; Tornado strikes North Dakota drill camp, injures nine; OSHA probes new North Dakota well site death; Blowout in Texas kills two and injures nine; Fatal accident takes life of Ensign worker; Two Maverick oil workers struck and killed by electric wire; One missing, one injured in Marcellus well blast; Roustabout killed on Lime Rock field in New Mexico.