On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the rise in workplace fatalities in the oil and gas industry with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
As the oil and gas extraction industry continues to work at an increased pace, the number of fatalities also rises and according to Mark Farley, managing partner for Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Houston, this can be attributed to the increase in employment for the industry. Farley stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss what the industry is doing to address the issue of fatalities in the workplace.
“The oil and gas extraction industry has added over 162,000 jobs in the U.S., so you have a lot more employees in that sector,” Farley said. “The pace of oil and gas exploration in the U.S. has increased pretty dramatically, especially in some of the non-conventional resources like shale gas, where you have a lot more drilling rigs operating and a lot more men and women working. The pace of the activity has increased and that pace can contribute to an increase in fatality rate.”
While the fast pace of the workplace can lead to increased fatalities, the industry is taking certain measures to increase safety in the workplace.
“There’s a tremendous amount of focus on this topic in the industry, both independently by companies and in coordination with agencies like OSHA,” Farley said. “They’re looking hard at their safety programs and stepping up their efforts for contractor oversight to make sure when they’re relying on other companies that they’re confident that those employers are carrying out their activities safely.”
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