Naturally, consumers tend to pay a lot of attention to the cost of fuel, without putting nearly as much thought into the realities of working in the oil and gas field. This often refers to land-based drilling and mining, but it can also refer to off-shore setups like oil drilling platforms. While consumers may not see the dangers as often, the Bureau of Labor Statistics does look at fatalities, injuries, illnesses and other such issues, tracking the data.
After all, the oil and gas industry is huge, with statistics from 2011 showing that around 500,000 workers were employed in some fashion. This was after a surge in growth that started in 2003; in those eight years, the industry grew by about 71 percent.