Oil rig accidents happen in their hundreds yearly due to poor safety measures, however, many of these accidents do not make it to the news. This doesn’t douse the seriousness of these accidents because there are people who would never forget them such as the victims and witnesses.
Oil rig workers need to always be aware of the dangers of their jobs and take precautions as necessary as their lives may very well depend on it. Natural elements such as a heavy downpour or even a light rainfall can be extremely dangerous. But even less ominous conditions such as too much humidity or sunlight can be equally dangerous on an oil rig.
So how do you stay safe on an oil rig? Below are 5 effective ways of staying safe on an oil rig:
Use Effective Lighting
Reliable lighting is extremely important on an oil rig out on sea because it gets darks easily and quickly. When there’s a storm, when the sun sets, or even when a light goes out can bring on instant darkness. An oil rig is not a place to test one’s ability to adapt to darkness.
Adequate lighting should be provided and installed with safety signs that will help everyone function at optimal capacity.
Protect the Machines
Human interaction is limited on most oil rigs as you are living and working hundreds of miles from any form of civilization. Access to oil rigs is by helicopter. Machines are often oil rig workers best friend, they need to be treated right in order to continue to perform at optimum capacity.
Accidents and injuries can be avoided through proper training on how to use these machines.
Have Repair and Safety Tool Boxes
You can never be too safe on an oil rig. Have repair toolboxes, first-aid boxes, safety boxes in abundance. Always replace what is short in supply immediately. You are working miles away from immediate response, hence it is wise to always be prepared.
Keep Work Surfaces Slip-proof
This point may sound like rocket science since a rig is surrounded by nothing but water. But, if there are no storms or rainfall, keeping the rig surface dry is quite easy and sometimes boring.
Workers should always wear sturdy, waterproof, non-slip boots to aid walking. Rig surfaces should also be dried constantly to avoid disasters.
Have an Emergency Response Plan
Develop a plan based on the rig, the group and the weather conditions of the area. In addition to having a plan, rig workers should endeavour to master the plan in the case of eventualities.
Safety measures for an offshore oil rig are inexhaustible. These safety measures vary depending on the size of the rig, the number of workers and weather conditions. Safety plans should be developed accordingly.