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The Prince of Tides: oil and gas production in South Africa

uvexTREME – the toughest jobs in the world

We all know that every job has its tough side, but there are jobs that are much tougher than we could ever imagine, where people take on the greatest risks and overcome all dangers with passion and courage. As passion and courage alone are not protection enough, uvex safety provides that added extra for everyday work. “Everyday” is not really the right word for this kind of job.

 

Oil and gas production in South Africa

We turn up the heating, sit down on the sofa, relax, warm up and get comfortable. Considerably less comfortable, however, are those who ensure we always have enough oil and gas.

Offshore drilling rig workers in South Africa must give their all every single day. Coming into contact with hydrogen sulphide, silicon dioxide, oil mist and mercury as well as various other chemicals over the course of their work poses a constant threat to their health. Not to mention the constant risk of explosions and flash fires from the different gases they work with. Bad weather and wind also mean there is always a risk of slipping and falling through to one of the lower levels.

High temperatures and extreme humidity on the drilling rigs are exacerbated by the permanent wetness. Over the course of a long shift, workers are exposed in the daytime to piercing sunlight, which is reflected even more in the large area of water, and at night they must deal with blindingly bright artificial light.

The extremely high level of noise pollution is almost the least of all the evils. Workers often have to climb into confined spaces for maintenance and repair work, where they can only move around on their hands and knees – and even sometimes just on their stomach.

uvex helps make the drilling rigs as safe as possible for those who work there by providing protective eyewear, face masks and gloves. The very least it can do to help those risking their lives out at sea so that we can be warm on the sofa.

 

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uvexTREME – the toughest jobs in the world

 

We all know that every job has its tough side, but there are jobs that are much tougher than we could ever imagine, where people take on the greatest risks and overcome all dangers with passion and courage.

As passion and courage alone are not protection enough, uvex safety provides that added extra for everyday work. “Everyday” is not really the right word for this kind of job.

 

Read on to discover more: uvexTREME – the toughest jobs in the world!

 

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Battle in the depths of the earth: underground mining in South Africa

How brightness deep under the earth’s surface can be blinding and drilling work can take the breath away – find out about it here.

 

 

 

 

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Staying cool: crude oil production in Russia

Our tip for anyone who feels that their job is not challenging enough: go and work in one of the most extreme environments in the world on crude oil production in Siberia. Find out more here.

 

 

 

How extreme is your job?

Is your job the toughest in the world? Why not show us!

 

Be part of “uvexTreme – the toughest jobs in the world. Tell us your story on facebook/uvexsafetygroup or send us an e-mail to  safety@uvex.de.

 

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Staying cool: crude oil production in Russia

uvexTREME – the toughest jobs in the world

We all know that every job has its tough side, but there are jobs that are much tougher than we could ever imagine, where people take on the greatest risks and overcome all dangers with passion and courage. As passion and courage alone are not protection enough, uvex safety provides that added extra for everyday work. “Everyday” is not really the right word for this kind of job.

 

The word “Siberia” is immediately associated with snow storms and icy coldness, but not necessarily with people there producing huge quantities of crude oil round the clock under these extreme conditions.

Anyone looking for the toughest job in the world will find it in Siberia. One of the biggest risks in this kind of work is that oil will spurt out of a well and anyone operating the machinery, which is still under enormous pressure, might be hit by the escaping oil. Work on steam generators is also a constant source of danger as, time and time again, the high pressure involves dealing with emissions of scalding hot steam, contamination from burning oil and the uncontrolled discharge of sand. And, as if that was not enough, workers often have to carry out their tasks in the snow at temperatures as low as -50 degrees. uvex safety eyewear with a special anti-fogging coating noticeably minimises the risks for wearers. Unfortunately, uvex cannot change the weather.

 

How extreme is your job?

Is your job the toughest in the world? Why not show us!

 

Be part of “uvexTreme – the toughest jobs in the world. Tell us your story on facebook/uvexsafetygroup or send us an e-mail to  safety@uvex.de.

 

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