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March 17, 1993

Injuries to International Petroleum Drilling Workers

JAMA. 1993;269(11):1369-1370. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500110033014

MMWR. 1993;42:128-131 (2 tables omitted)

OCCUPATIONALLY RELATED death rates among workers involved in oil and gas extraction activities have been higher than rates for workers from all U.S. industries combined.1 In 1991, nonfatal work-related injury (NFI) rates2,3 for workers in the U.S. oil and gas field services industry (standard industrial classification [SIC] codes 138.1,138.2, and 138.9)* were 49% greater than rates for all workers in private industry and tended to be more severe, with a lost-workdays rate more than 2.8-fold higher than in private industry as a whole.2

To develop improved strategies for preventing fatal injuries (FIs) and NFIs among petroleum drilling workers, the Louisiana Office of Public Health (LOPH) analyzed data on injury-related incidents in the petroleum drilling industry during 1988-1990. This report summarizes the results of this study.

The LOPH analyzed data on injury-related incidents submitted voluntarily by 347(87%) of 398 member drilling companies to