Many Texans work on oil rigs to make a living whether onshore or offshore. The industry is one of the most dangerous in the country. The incident statistics look promising, but hundreds of workers face injuries and even death each year due to something going wrong on the site.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has the statistics for oil rig offshore incidents listed with 2017 as the most recent. There were 429 incidents in 2017, 473 in 2016 and 580 in 2015. Offshore incidents seem to have gone down in the most recent years, but they still happen.
The most injuries happened due to a heading labeled injuries followed by lifting and then fires and explosions. The number of fatalities fell to zero in 2017 with only 2 reported in 2016. Unfortunately, the statistics do not reveal the nature of the injuries or life-altering results affecting those injured.
The International Association of Drilling Contractors puts out a report for each year on the land statistics for lost time due to incidents with the latest for 2018. Floormen accounted for over half of the total lost time due to incidents with derrickmen and motormen coming in at 17.42% and 14.84% respectively. Those same three occupations accounted for similar percentages of incidents.
The most common incidents resulting in lost time are tripping in and out, rigging up/down, routine drilling operations and rig/equipment repairs or maintenance making up about two-thirds of those reported. The rig floor was the most common place for an incident to cause lost time. The chances of an incident are highest for those with up to five years of experience.