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Strange Reasons Oilfield Workers May Be More Prone to Injuries

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 10:36
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Kids grow up hearing about the American dream and the ways in which they can become rich if they just put their minds toward the future. Examples of self-made millionaires litter their childhoods, but it isn’t until most people enter high school that they realise that there are only a few career paths available if they want guaranteed wealth; some of them require higher education and others might be in more dangerous professions. Oilfield workers tend to be concentrated in states such as Texas, where there is an endless number of oilfields and a lot of opportunities for blue-collar workers to amass wealth. It has been reported that some of the accidents occurring in oilfields are not always related to unsafe working conditions. In an industry that is not that highly regulated, it appears that drug use is growing amongst new and experienced oilfield workers.

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More Money Can Lead to More Problems

All you need to become an oilfield worker is a high school diploma, GED, or a certificate of completion. Young men as young as 18 years of age can legally work in oilfields without any prior experience, making upward of $6,000 to $7,000 a month just to start off with. Of course, a young adult is going to splurge and buy a new vehicle, an expensive wardrobe, and probably a lot of other things that aren’t necessary but very much wanted. Young and impressionable people with access to a lot of money are also more likely to experiment with drugs. Recent reports have shown oilfield workers are more likely to be hooked on cocaine and opiates.

Drugs and the False Belief That They Help Oilfield Workers to Concentrate

Drug culture is almost always underground and drug-addicted oilfield workers tend to share sources when it comes to resources. In other words, those working in the oilfield industry who are already addicted to drugs might suggest that their co-workers try it as a way of performing better on the job. Drugs like cocaine and meth can keep you up all night, thus making it possible for addicts to pull longer shifts. On the other hand, working in an oilfield while you are high on drugs is also an easy way to cause a massive accident.

Isolation from Family

Working in a dangerous field is one thing, but being away from your family can really change your outlook. Oilfield workers who are a part of the industry as a means of providing for their families can become depressed during long stretches away from home. Some become more susceptible to drug use after just a couple of months on the job while others may lose discipline only after going through very stressful times. Either way, being away from your family can cause your morals to corrode.

Oilfield workers work in a dangerous field, therefore, drugs are not always a factor when injuries take place. At the same time, the oil industry has to face the fact that some employees are part of a growing drug culture.  This is a problem that is centred around Texas, but it also exists in Canada and other places where oilfield workers are concentrated.



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