Job stress, mental health, and accidents among offshore workers in the oil and gas extraction industries

J Occup Med. 1987 Feb;29(2):119-25.


Psychosocial and occupational stressors among 194 male employees on drilling rig and production platform installations in the United Kingdom and Dutch sectors of the North Sea were studied. Mental well-being and job satisfaction were also assessed, with attention to the incidence of accidents offshore. This occupational group were found to be much less satisfied with their jobs than their onshore counterparts. Although overall mental well-being compared favorably with that of the general population, levels of anxiety were significantly higher. Multivariate analysis showed "relationships at work and at home" to be a strong predictor of both job dissatisfaction and mental ill-health. Type A coronary-prone behavior was also found to be a significant predictor of reduced mental well-being and increased accident rates offshore.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational*
  • Humans
  • Industry*
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • North Sea
  • Personality
  • Petroleum*
  • Stress, Physiological / etiology*


  • Petroleum