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What are the common injury risks in the oil industry?

If you work in the oil industry in Montana, then you have likely been exposed to the many risks of the job. The oil industry is well-known for its potential dangers. It is also highly regulated by the government to ensure the safety of workers. However, despite regulations, accidents still occur. According to records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the best way to prevent injuries is to be aware of them.

Common risks in this field range from falls to vehicle accidents. Equipment is one source that has to be carefully monitored. You should ensure that you are trained to work with or around any equipment being used. High-pressure lines can expose you to two different kinds of trouble. They could leak, exposing you to the chemicals inside them or they could fail and put you at risk of being struck. Another common issue to be aware of is working in confined spaces. You may be required to enter tanks or pits that can expose you to toxins. You should be clear on how to test the area and enter it safely.

Falls are always a risk to be aware of because of the risk of brain injuries and spinal injuries. Safe practices should be followed to ensure safety when you are on elevated platforms or other work areas. Lastly, and probably most obviously, fires and explosions are a major hazard in the oil industry. The injuries obtained are usually very serious, but following proper procedures can help to greatly decrease the risks. This is general information only and is not intended to provide legal advice.

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