Worker Health and Safety Coverage Options
Workers in the oil and gas extraction industry face many more health hazards than the average worker, so it’s important that employers have robust workers’ compensation and return to work programs to keep workers healthy and safe. In addition to these programs, providing worker training and implementing various safety measures will minimize the number of days your employees are away from work.
Training should focus on the following oil and gas safety hazards:.
- Struck-by/caught-in incidents.
- Explosions and fires.
- Confined spaces.
- Ergonomic issues.
- Machine hazards.
- Hot work.
Training should also focus on the following health hazards:.
- Hydrogen sulfide.
- Diesel particulate matter.
- Hazardous materials.
- Extreme temperatures.
Remember that you must provide the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) for the job.
When employing contractors to work at your site, it is vital to make sure both parties are fully insured. Carefully inspect all contracts and joint operating agreements. Agree to split the amount if the claim is in excess of $1 million if a joint operating agreement requires each party to carry $1 million coverage.
Travis T. Beynon
Principal and Risk Manager
Travis’ practice has a key focus on the Energy Industry and he brings years of valuable experience and risk management expertise to those he works with.