Explosions in the oil and gas industry are rare, but when they do occur, they can have devastating effects on workers and even nearby residents. These blasts can cause burns and shockwave injuries that cause internal damage, head injuries, and nerve damage. Also, flying debris following an explosion can cause severe lacerations and blunt-force trauma. Most workplace incidents at oil and gas refineries are caused by transportation and equipment accidents, followed by fires and explosions. The vast majority of blasts on oil and gas worksites are preventable, particularly when facilities managers uphold OSHA safety regulations. Below, we'll examine some of the causes and how to avoid them so you can keep workers safe and avoid damage to people and property caused by blasts.
Performing a real-world blast test on a blast resistant building is one of the best ways to alleviate concerns about how a structure will react to a real disaster. No computer model can compare to seeing a building survive a blast with your own eyes.
Safety of the Employees and Equipment Workers in the petrochemical industry are subject to numerous risks, including chemical leaks, fires, and explosions. These are in addition to the risks common throughout the manufacturing industry, such as machinery malfunctions and falls.