Inexperienced workers making gas sector workplaces unsafe

thoughtA new report released by Qld’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines suggests that inexperienced workers in the petroleum and gas sector may be contributing to a high incidence of safety breaches.

The report states that from 1 July 2013 to 24 November 2013, 63 safety incidents were reported to the P&G (petroleum and gas) Inspectorate involving upstream categories.

They were:

  • drilling rigs 59%
  • wells 22%
  • petroleum facilities 13%
  • pipelines 6%.

“Recent incidents and serious injuries might be the result of a shortage of experienced rig workers. This can be improved by suitable training, ensuring systems and processes are current and identify hazards.” The report said.

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