The Oil & Gas Industry is one of the most important industries contributing to the world's fuel. In terms of dollar value, it is one of the largest sectors in the world, generating approximately $5 trillion in global revenue as of 2022. The sector is one of the most crucial as it impacts all other sectors, starting from transport to electricity & heating to manufacturing & industrial production. However, apart from its importance, the industry is also well-known for its large number of workplace safety hazards. Safety concerns exist at every stage of the oil and gas supply chain, from the extraction of raw materials to the refinement and distribution stages. Safety in Oil & Gas Industry is a matter of concern to all involved in the industry.
This blog thus, attempts at exploring the various pain points prevailing in the Oil & Gas industry and how advanced technologies like AI Video Analytics can boost the safety in the Oil & Gas industry.
Why Oil & Gas Industry is considered as one of the safety-compromised industry?
The Oil & Gas Industry is termed as one of the safety-compromised sectors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the mortality rate in the oil and gas industry is 7 times higher than in other vital sectors. In the year 2020, the rate of job-related injuries and illnesses for the O&G Industry in the U.S. was 1.4 per 100 employees. Further, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, around 4/10 workers are killed in Oil & Gas Industry owing to highway vehicle incident and 3 of every 5 on-site fatalities in oil & gas extraction industry is caused by struck-by/caught-by/caught-between hazards.
Thus, the statistics speak out loud why the Oil & Gas industry is regarded as one of the riskiest industries.
What are the common Safety Hazards in Oil & Gas Industry?
The major hazards in Oil & Gas Industry are:
Stuck-By/ Caught-In/ Caught Between Machinery/ Objects
Explosion & Fire
Fall from Height (FFH)
Confined Space Accidents
Hazardous Gas Leak
Electrical/ Mechanical/ Hydraulic Danger Zone Intrusion
How can AI make Oil & Gas Industry a Safer Place to Work?
Advanced technologies like AI and its subsidiaries have been emerging these days with great number of potentialities to cater to the various problems faced by the mankind. The O&G industry which is one of the most lucrative and at the same time, one of the most dangerous industries can benefit the most from AI and its subsidiaries like AI Video Analytics.
The oil & gas jobsites involve a complex network of pipelines. Improper threading in pipelines or any defect like leakage can develop serious risks to the men & materials in the jobsites coupled with losses to the factory and budget resources. Therefore, it is crucial to detect even minutest of error. However, it is not feasible by human eyes to detect each and every defect in the complex network of pipelines. This is where AI and its subsidiaries can come in. With AI for defect detection, even minor defects can be easily detected and timely action can be taken to prevent losses and avoid accidents.
In addition to this, oil & gas plants offer extremely critical working environments. The workers in this industry are highly vulnerable to the risk of injury as they have to work under different temperatures, work in confined spaces, get exposed to toxic gases, and so on. Not adhering to proper safety protocols can result in grave fatalities. But manual safety monitoring of such large number of workers round-the-clock is cumbersome, ineffective and erroneous. However, AI and computer vision powered solutions can seamlessly monitor the worksites to make sure that proper safety measures are followed, and no loopholes are left behind, thus ensuring holistic safety in the jobsites.
Also Read: How to Prevent Falls From Height with AI Video Analytics?
How can viAct make the Oil and Gas Industry a Safer Place to Work?
After its successful implementation in varied construction spaces and looking into the growing number of fatalities in Oil & Gas (FOG) industry, viAct is now leveraging the power of its Scenario-based AI to the O&G industry to cater the challenges faced by the industry since long. viAct’s is world’s first scenario-based AI using industrial grade video analytics to ensure accurate and real-time monitoring of safety conditions in the O&G industry with immediate visibility to protect the 3Ms – men, material and machinery. viAct leverages the power of AI video analytics to elevate from reactive compliance to proactive incident prevention, in turn minimizing workforce injuries and boosting workers’ safety in oil & gas industry.
The following are the different ways in which viAct can make Oil & Gas Industry a safer place to work:
Fire & Smoke Detection
The AI monitoring system leverages the power of scenario-based AI to detect and alert fire and smoke at the very onset, to avoid any catastrophic damage from taking place in the jobsite.
The plug and play, mobile and portable AI monitoring system can immediately detect and alert any instance of worker not wearing (proper) PPE, like safety helmet, safety jacket, gas mask, etc. These insights are also recorded in the integrated dashboard that can be viewed anytime later for workers’ training.
Danger Zone Alerts
The video analytics powered danger zone alert system enables the users to draw and define custom areas as well as customize different activation time for each danger zone according to their project requirement. As soon as any intrusion into these danger zones is detected, instant alerts are sent out.
The smart AI solution can detect any instance of close proximity between workers and objects and send real-time alerts to prevent any instance of human-machine-object collision.
Extreme Temperature Alerts
The AI monitoring system detects any rise of temperature in equipment and as soon as it crosses optimal threshold temperature, local light & sound alerts are sent out, so that insightful actions can be taken before it is too late. This helps in risk anticipation and management.
Unauthorized Access Detection
The dynamic AI monitoring system is well-trained and tested to detect any instance of unauthorized access and instantly alert the on-site and remote stakeholders to restrict such access and ensure safety in the jobsite.
The AI video monitoring system helps to monitor workers’ working at height by detecting any instance of safety non-compliance, like workers with improper/no PPE, like safety jacket, safety helmet, life saving ropes, etc.; their risky acts, like improper means of climbing, clinging onto the surface of the suspended platform/Gondola, smoking behavior etc.; missing barriers, and so on and so forth.