Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of fatality for the oil and
gas extraction worker, accounting for almost one out of every three fatalities.
Workers from companies with fewer than 100 employees have the highest
rates of motor vehicle fatality in this industry. Driving is both a critical and
frequent task for workers in the oil and gas extraction industry. All sizes of
trucks, from pick-up trucks to semi-trucks are driven long distances between
well sites to deliver equipment, supplies, and personnel. Deaths to workers can
be prevented by implementing comprehensive motor vehicle safety programs.
One component of such a program is in-vehicle monitoring systems (IVMS).
Oil and gas companies tell researchers that these systems are helping to reduce
the rate of crashes and injuries for their workers.
This guidance is for oil and gas extraction safety and health professionals who
are responsible for motor vehicle safety in their company. This publication was
developed to assist these professionals in implementing in-vehicle monitoring
system programs. The guidance highlights what is known about fatal motor
vehicle crashes in this industry, the safety benefits of IVMS as reported by the
oil and gas extraction industry and other literature, and things to consider
when implementing an IVMS program.