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Combustible materials put oil and gas workers in danger

There are a greater number of fatalities from fires and explosions in the oil and gas business than in any other private industry in the U.S., according to Environment and Energy Publishing. E&E states that oil and gas workers in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country comprise less than one percent of the national workforce, but make up ten percent of all fatal workplace accidents from fire and explosions. At Friday & Cox LLC, we understand that when you work with highly combustible materials, you are at risk for injury and death every day.

 

Many oil and gas companies implement state-certified safety and wellness programs However, E&E stated that workers may not be properly trained through these programs, or are simply not aware of safe operating practices in the workplace. One Pennsylvania worker died in 2010 after attempting to thaw a frozen valve on an empty tank with a blowtorch. While you may think that this was a dangerous thing for him to have done, the practice is not unheard of in the industry. According to E&E, the man referred to the vehicle as a water truck, and considered his job relatively safe.

 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration later tested the sludge from the tank. The so-called water was a waste product from oil and gas, and contained aliphatic hydrocarbons. Exposure to these substances, which are closely related to explosive oil and gas, can leave you vulnerable to serious burns and other injuries on the job when they ignite. In addition, flying debris from an explosion puts workers around you in the path of danger.

 

While oil and gas provides ample employment opportunities for Pennsylvania workers, the industry is more dangerous than most. To learn more about unsafe working environments, please visit our page.

 

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