Important Health Tips: How To Be Safe On An Oil Platform
By Space Coast Daily // October 29, 2021
There are some things you need to know before you go on an oil platform. You have to be aware of your surroundings, take care of yourself and always be safe. You will have a lot more responsibility on the oil platform than you do at home or work because there is no one there looking out for you.
It’s important that even when something goes wrong, that you keep calm and don’t panic so that it doesn’t get worse. There are many different types of emergencies and knowing how to handle them is crucial for survival. Here’s how you can be safe when you’re on an oil platform.
Always Wear Fall Protection
The height of an oil platform is equivalent to a 20-story building. There are ladders and stairs all over the place so you have to make sure that you always wear fall protection. You can use either a personal fall arrest or restraint system, but both should hold your weight if you slip off something high up on the structure. Fall protection is required by law and it’s always a good idea to wear it.
There are other types of fall hazards as well, not just at the tops of buildings. You can also slip or trip on stairs, ladders, or a flat surface. Even a small amount of unconsciousness could be dangerous because if you fall off something high up, you can die. Make sure to land on your feet if you slip and try to keep your balance so that you don’t fall.
Inspect Your Tools and Machines
Make sure that all of the equipment has been properly inspected and is in good working order before you try to use it. If you notice any malfunctions, take care of them immediately and report them to your employer before it causes any oil drilling accidents which are usually hazardous by nature. If you are in an area that is not considered “safe” for the task at hand, don’t do it. Your safety should always be your primary concern.
If you are under the impression that there could be an unsafe situation, ask somebody about it instead of trying to figure it out on your own. When working with hazardous chemicals, make sure you always wear the proper safety equipment. This includes a respirator, safety goggles, and gloves.
Don’t Fall Asleep at Work
Oil platforms are extremely exhausting. You have to stay on your feet all day and keep moving around, so it’s easy to get tired. While you’re working on an oil platform, if you feel yourself falling asleep when you should be watching out for other people or machines nearby, then go grab some coffee from the break room or take a short break. If you sleep for even a few minutes, there can be severe consequences like slipping and falling off something high up or getting crushed by heavy machinery.
It’s one thing to get tired from standing all day, but it’s another to get tired from using heavy machinery that could fall on you or crush you.
There are very few places on an oil platform that will allow people to sleep, so don’t take your chances by dozing off while operating heavy machinery because it’s not worth the risk. The only time you should really fall asleep is when you’re sleeping at home and in a place where no one can bother you.
Follow Safety Rules and Procedures
Even though you’re on an oil platform, there are safety rules and procedures that everyone has to follow. This is part of your job so it’s important that you always remember them. You don’t want to be the reason behind someone else getting injured. If everyone was to start ignoring safety rules and procedures, then accidents could happen every single day.
Don’t put yourself in danger by thinking that it won’t make a difference if you step out of line. When there’s a risk of injury or even death, the smallest mistake can cause problems for everyone involved.
Oil platforms are no joke when it comes to safety. If something goes wrong, there are procedures that need to be followed, or else someone can get hurt. It’s important to always wear fall protection and not fall asleep on the job because if you do, there can be serious consequences. Stick to the safety rules and you’ll have a great time working on an oil platform.
Learn First Aid Treatments
There’s no way to predict when accidents might happen. It could be something as simple as bumping your head or something severe like a heart attack. Make sure you know basic first aid treatments. Always have a fully stocked emergency kit on-site, and make sure that the necessary equipment is available in case of emergencies.
Know how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and always put out small fires before calling for help. Either way, it is important to know how to react in an emergency situation before you find yourself in one.
It is important to always be aware of what you are doing and take care of yourself before anything else. Oil platforms are extremely exhausting. You have to stay on your feet all day and always be alert.