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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Oil & Gas Industry Increasing Focus on Electrical Safety

From Rigzone:
An estimated five to 10 arc flashes occur each day in the United States, according to a report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. One arc flash incident can cost up to $15 million, including healthcare costs, workers compensation, replacing equipment, increased insurance premium, and lost production time, according to an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) study.
A 2010 report from the International Oil & Gas Producers Association found that 16.1 percent of all fatalities at oil fields were caused by an electrical accident, explosion or burn.  
Fires and explosions are the third most common cause of worker death in the oil and gas industry, according to a recent paper by Scorpion Protective Coatings Inc. One out of seven occupational fatalities in the oil and gas industry results from a fire or explosion. From 2004 to 2008, fires and explosions caused 18.7 percent of worker deaths in the oil and gas industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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