Over the last 20 years, upstream operations have experienced a fatality rate that has ranged from five to eight times greater than the national average for all U.S. industries. Often, upswings in the data trends mirror industry cycles with increases in fatalities year-to-year corresponding to increases in operations.
Work-Related Fatalities in U.S E&P Operations
Work-Related Fatality Rate versus Rotary Rig Count
There are approximately 9000 independent operators in the U.S. onshore exploration and production segment – a number that is vastly larger than the refining and offshore segments.
According to NIOSH, 62% of fatalities in 2017 were to servicing company workers.
In 2008-2017, 376 people lost their lives in fatal incidents that might have been prevented by following one of IOGP's Life-Saving Rules.