A drill rig site, like all construction sites, is a potentially hazardous environment to be working in. How can companies working with drill rigs keep their worksites safe?
Here’s a quick guide to drill rig safety and how to avoid electrical accidents.
Drill Rig Risks
Drill rigs are used to dig into the ground to either create or access substances such as water or oil wells. Since drill rigs can be located on land or sea the risks associated with each site will fluctuate.
Drill rigs at sea are at risk of storms, sun exposure, strong winds and tides, and periods of isolation. Similarly, drill rigs on land are at risk of sun exposure, humidity, and extreme temperatures. In addition, worksites may include components such as uneven terrain and slippery surfaces.
Sometimes we are not able to dictate the location or risks of the drill site. However, the safety precautions we take are within our control. Here are a few factors to consider for improving drill rig site safety.
Risk Assessments & Proper Training
Routine safety assessments are essential in mitigating the risks on-site and keeping workers feeling secure. Before starting any project, begin with completing a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA). Identify the tasks needed to accomplish the project and the equipment required to perform these tasks. Determine any risks that are associated with these tasks or equipment and establish actions that will be applied to diminish foreseeable risks.
It’s critical to locate public utility power lines and buried electrical circuits. Additionally, verify locations that offer additional risks to workers or their equipment, such as difficult or jagged topography. Ensure that all workers comprehend the details listed from the JHA.
It can be easy to resolve many accidents and injuries by ensuring that workers receive proper training. Training shouldn’t just be a one and done situation. As technology advances and the industry changes, worker’s training will require continuous updates to ensure maximum safety and risk mitigation.
Protection Gear & Equipment Checks
Consistently verify the conditions of all equipment used on-site. Confirm that work sites include reliable lighting that will assist workers in performing their jobs safely and with ease. Additionally, proper lighting allows workers to identify potential environmental risks while they work. Implementing safety toolboxes will benefit employees in maintaining their equipment and remedying minor damages.
Teams can prepare for emergencies by ensuring that safety gear and emergency plans are present and customized for each specific construction site. Presently, there are various safety devices that companies can invest in for prioritizing job site safety. Wearable sensors implanted within clothes such as hard hats or vests can alert workers to potential risks.
Your Safety is Our Priority
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We have wireless proximity alarms that can operate in nearly all environments, including improving drill rig safety for identifying power lines. Contact us today to learn how our products can keep your work environment safe.