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January 15, 2013

Vehicle Crashes Cited as Leading Cause of Death for Oil and Gas Workers

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NIOSH researchers describe the leading cause of death to U.S. oil and gas extraction workers in a recent study published in Accident Analysis and Prevention. The study found that from 2003-2009, 202 oil and gas extraction workers were killed in motor vehicle crashes, resulting in a fatality rate more than eight times higher than all U.S. workers.

The authors found a lack of federal regulations for light-duty trucks, low safety belt use, and employment by small establishments among the risk factors for crashes in this industry.

Regardless of your industry, increased motor vehicle safety efforts can save lives.

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