Working in the oil and gas industry may expose you to a variety of hazards that could result in injuries or even your death. However, there may be strategies that you can use to minimize the risk of these hazards while on the job.

Keep an eye on the weather

A change in temperature or relative humidity levels could increase the risk of a fire taking place. If lightning hits in the wrong spot, it could cause an explosion that may result in significant damage. It is also important to keep an eye on wind speed and direction as hazardous fumes or vapors can easily be transported through the air.

Stay vigilant when working in confined spaces

You may be at risk of becoming trapped while working in a reserve pit or while performing tasks inside of a storage tank or container. In addition to becoming trapped in a small space, there is also an increased possibility of suffocating while in that space. Finally, you will need to be aware of the dangers posed by flammable gas or other materials that could ignite with little or no warning.

Pay attention to what your nose is telling you

While it may be difficult to smell static electricity or a change in relative humidity, you may notice the odor of hydrogen sulfate or other gasses in your general vicinity. These gasses may be given off by machines used on a job site, vehicles driving by the site or from objects being used to generate electricity. In some cases, vapors can be produced by engines that are merely idling near a work area.

If you have been hurt on a job site, it may be possible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a non-employer third party whose negligence or recklessness was a cause of the incident. An attorney may be able to talk more about your rights and how to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.