During the oil and gas boom from 2003 to 2013, the lifting equipment US saw exceptional growth, doubling the size of its workforce and increasing the number of oil rigs by 71%. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during this time period, the number of work-related fatalities in the industry increased 27.6%, with an average of 108 deaths per year and nearly 1200 deaths overall. This image is a clear example of an unsafe work scenario. Here, there are two safety hazards occurring at once. While these workers are more than 10 m above the water, they do not have the proper fall protection equipment. Additionally, the scaffolding on which they are standing does not have railings. Types of industry hazards When it comes to the hazardous environment, some of the top reasons for injury and death among industry workers in oil and gas include: Vehicle accidents Not all hazards take place out on a rig. Car accidents involving oil and gas transport vehicles can cause serious injury and death. Equipment accidents Worksites typically house heavy machinery and aside from malfunctions, an inexperienced or distracted worker can be at risk of being caught in, caught between or struck by this equipment. Explosions and fires By nature, oil and gas are volatile elements and something as small as a spark from a cell phone can cause these elements to ignite. Falls Improper or inadequate guard rails and other safe guards can lead to harm from slips, trips and falls on decks and rigs.