A Deadly Industry

The Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle | Oil refineries have a dismal reputation when it comes to worker safety. But the industry’s safety concerns are compounded by the fact that oil refinery fatalities often go uncounted.

Energy Job Corps Focus On Safety

Wyoming is set to get its first Department of Labor-funded Job Corps center in 2015. It is the first one in the country that will specialize in energy, with an emphasis on oil and gas production. Leigh Paterson examines the need behind this project.

2013 Oil And Gas Worker Fatality Numbers Show Texas And North Dakota Most Deadly

In 2013, 11 oil and gas workers in North Dakota died from a job-related injury, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Texas had 50 reported oil and gas worker fatalities in 2013, the most of any state. But Texas has roughly ten times more oil and gas workers than North Dakota. Nationwide, 112 oil and gas workers died in 2013, down from 142 the year before. The oil and gas industry, amid safety improvements, is still six times more dangerous than the average American job.

Oil And Gas Worker Fatalities Down In 2013

In 2013, 4,405 Americans died from workplace injuries, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And 112 – or 2.5 percent – of them worked in the oil and gas industry in jobs like drilling and servicing wells, operating equipment, and machining parts. This represents a decrease in fatalities from last year, when 142 oil and gas workers died. In the past decade, fatalities have risen along with the oil and gas boom in the U.S.:

But in 2013, the number of fatalities decreased, even though the number of oil and gas workers continued to grow. And, with the exception of 2009 when the boom slowed due to the recession, 2013 represents the lowest fatality rate (deaths per 100,000 workers) in the past decade:

How does oil and gas compare to other industries?