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Oil Rig Total Rises as Production Skyrockets

Crude oil production has beaten an all-time high for 2017. There are 9,648,000 barrels of oil being produced each and every day. While this production has broken the record for 2017, the oil business continues to grow as an unprecedented number of oil rigs are being set-up in November.

The number of oil and gas rigs has been up 14 in November. This is the largest increase in rigs since the month of July. This makes sense given that drillers pulled back from setting up rigs in August while waiting for signs of better production.

The Permian Basin alone now has 165 more rigs than they did last year. This means that in just one year, the Permian Basin saw a 72% increase in active oil rigs. The Permian Basin is only a snapshot of the growth that drillers saw in the last year. The total rig count in the United States has reached 923 rigs, which is a 330 rig increase from last year. The rise of these rigs comes out to a growth of 55% from last year.

Safety Should Be a Priority for Drilling Companies

Rigs are dangerous structures as drilling is a naturally hazardous job. There are many different ways that a worker can get injured on a drilling rig. It is dire that a worker understand what he or she is doing while working on the rig. If a worker does not know how to run a process correctly, this can pose a serious threat to the worker and to the lives of other personnel on the rig. As the amount of rigs in service continues to rise, hiring new personnel will be a necessity. Training and supervision are requirements that keep the facility and the drillers safe. However, when new rigs are created at this rate, some workers may not get the instruction that they need to accomplish the job correctly.

If you or a loved one works on an oil rig and you know that other workers on the rig are unequipped to do their jobs, you should report them to OSHA immediately. If you are injured due to the negligence of your coworkers, contact our oil rig attorneys immediately. You cannot wait any longer to seek out professional legal counsel. Companies will not look out for your best interest.

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