Directional Drilling Safety – Reducing Vehicle And Worker Accidents

If you are a drilling contractor, then you may consider using directional drilling techniques to reach oil or natural gas encased in the earth. Directional drilling requires tracking and the precise drilling of numerous deep channels.  This means you will need to hire a relatively large crew of workers to help you. If drilling is completed near roadways or highly populated areas, then you will need to make sure your employees are properly protected from passing cars as well as equipment driven within the work zone.

Set Strict Workwear Regulations

If you have owned a drilling business for a number of years, then you probably supply your workers with reflective vests and brightly colored safety gear. If you purchase general use vests, then you may not be protecting your workers properly. Safety vests are actually rated and placed in different categories based on the types of activities or dangers the worker will face. In your work area, class 1 vests are required, because vehicles will likely not drive faster than 25 miles per hour around your workers.

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If you want better protection though, then invest in class 2 vests instead. These vests come in fluorescent colors like bright orange, yellow, or green.They fit over clothing or uniforms and you can find flame-resistant varieties for your workers who come close to hot drills. Make sure to find vests that feature six inch wide reflective strips across the front. This will help with visibility. Require your workers to wear their vests as soon as they enter your work site.

Carry out site inspection regurlarly 

Drilling sites must be inspected for any safety concerns through out the day to identify any safety concerns. Necessary actions must be done immediately to minimize risks of accident.

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Invest in an Exercise Program

Your employees are likely to work long hours. Early starts and late evenings may be common and this can lead to fatigue. Fatigue can be amplified by poor eating habits, excessive weight, and dehydration. Fatigue can cause poor concentration and reaction times, and this can lead to accidents. Offer water and coffee to your employees and also set up an exercise regimen instituted in the morning. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain to help it function better, and activity can help your employees lose weight, which will reduce long-term fatigue.

Starting a Good Program

Aerobic exercise is considered best to elevate the heart rate so that blood can flow more quickly through the body. This type of activity is also considered low impact, and this keeps muscle cramps and strains to a minimum. Fast walking is stress free as well, so set up a circular path around your work site so that employees can walk. Instruct individuals to swing their arms to help increase the heart rate during the activity. Ask employees to walk for 15 minutes or measure the path and make sure each individual walks about one mile each morning.

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If you do not have a clear path to set up a walking space, then ask employees to complete basic exercises for 15 minutes. Jumping jacks, leg lifts, sit-ups, and squats are all good choices. If your workers are more physically fit, then add burpees, push ups, and jump roping to the routine.

If you have taken on a large directional drilling job, then you will need a support staff to help you. If it is your job to enforce safety on your work site, so follow the tips above to keep workers from being injured by vehicles around the work area.


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