Silica Sand About to Take Center Stage in Oil and Gas

For those in the oil and gas industry, 2015 might be a year they wish to forget – and for good reason. The price of oil steadily declined over the previous year, a trend that is expected to continue into 2016 due to a surplus of oil caused by increased production overseas. It’s not all bad though.
Despite analysts’ low forecasts, the oil and gas industry is still taking positive steps forward. One of those steps is improving worker safety at the wellsite, which I expect will be a major focus of many oil and gas companies in the coming year.
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Drilling Down Six Top Safety Strategies for Oil and Gas Companies

138. That’s a new high, according to OSHA, of fatal injuries to oil and gas extraction workers in 2012, a 23 percent increase from 2011. More than 800 workers lost their lives on the job in the seven year stretch from 2003 to 2010. In a world where oil and gas companies produce millions of barrels per day, protecting these workers is a challenging task. Production can drop from millions of barrels a day to zero when a refinery shuts down due to an accident. Companies that develop and implement practices designed to promote a stronger safety culture, not only better serve their workers, but they also protect their bottom lines.
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