Long hours, night shifts, and fast-changing environments
The oil and gas industry is known for at-risk workers spending long stretches of time out in the field and alone. Often, these workers operate heavy machinery and work with hazardous chemicals and gasses that can potentially harm them.
Fatigue and impairment are also linked with the frequent long hours, night shifts, camp living, and extended time away from home that workers in the industry deal with. In fact, it frequently plays a role in motor vehicle crashes, which in the United States account for over 40% of work-related fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry.