The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is investigating employer safety issues in the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industry, as a result of a series of deaths of fracking workers in North Dakota and Montana. NIOSH determined that the workers were exposed to high levels of volatile hydrocarbons during drilling of fracking wells. It is also felt that the deaths often occurred when the workers were wording alone. NIOSH is requesting oil and gas drillers to assist in the assessment of exposure risks of workers to the chemicals used in fracking.
For more information on occupational safety and health issues in the fracking industry, contact Steve O’Day.