Remote and temporary worksites prevalent in the oil, gas and mining industries present a challenge for housing and feeding workers. The nearest town and accommodations might be hours away by car; often such worksites are fly-in operations. Hostile environments — extreme cold or heat — and inadequate roads and other infrastructure limitations compound the problem of providing adequate food and shelter. Inadequate accommodations can leave workers vulnerable to poor nutrition, sickness, inadequate rest, long-term health problems, low morale and general apathy about the work at hand. This, in turn, can lead to lower productivity and increased risk of accidents. This White Paper examines factors that affect worker health, safety and productivity in remote worksites and provides the rationale of how better feeding and relaxation programs can increase productivity and lower accident rates.
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