Is Driving the Most Perilous Job in the Oilfield?

Workers in the oil industry are no strangers to potential perils. From driving in extreme weather conditions to excruciatingly long shifts, these professionals are subjected to more risks than one might realize. Therefore, a customized New Mexico Oil Field Workers Compensation Policy is required in order to mitigate risk and potential loss as a result of driving an oil tanker.

Under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules, there is an exception for oil well drivers where waiting time is counted as ‘off duty’, meaning drivers can end up working extremely long shifts, says Telogis. In turn, these drivers are exhausted and less alert on the road, making them significantly more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle accident. For example, between the five-year span of 2003-2008, 650 oil rig deaths were reported.

So, how do you keep your employees safe? Well, smarter practices and smarter technology to start. With everyone on board and aware of safety precautions, technology can also be adopted. First and foremost, ensure your drivers are properly trained and know how to operate machinery that can be menacing without the proper knowledge. Further, enforce hands-free phone operation to ensure their eyes stay on the road. Next, consider how technology can work to your driver’s benefit.

According to Telogis, fleet management software brings several functions together on a single platform that make it easier for both staff and management to implement, monitor and manage worker behavior. This way, maintenance schedules, driving data, and inspections can be monitored by software, reducing the risk of accidents.

Remember, as an employer, it is your responsibility to protect your employees and ensure they have a safe shift and return home unscathed. Daniels Insurance Agency supports the oil and gas industry and its growth with end-to-end insurance and risk management solutions designed to control losses and protect the value of the business and your equipment. For more information about our products and services, we invite you to contact us today at (855) 565-7616.

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