Hydrofracking, the act of tapping into previously unreachable oil and natural gas embedded within deep rock formations, is currently a booming industry in Pennsylvania. However, despite the fact that the industry has provided lots of stable jobs, it is not without its risks. Here are some safety tips you and your coworkers can use to avoid being injured when working at a hydrofracking site.
One of the biggest safety concerns regarding hydrofracking is the risk of explosions. And, as if explosions weren’t already a cause for concern, these explosions can be radioactive, releasing toxic materials into the air. Some of the chemicals involved in hydrofracking include benzene, toluene, lead, uranium, ethylene glycol, radium, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, and many others. Other hazards include respirable dust, noise pollution, falls, carpal tunnel syndrome, and working in dangerous weather conditions.
Staying Safe on the Job
When working on a hydrofracking site, there are many safety measures you and your coworkers can take to avoid injury. It is important that you wear proper protective equipment. This includes hard hats, gloves, goggles, ear plugs, and respiratory gear. On hot days, be sure to stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks. When it’s cold, dress in layers and be mindful of cold-related injury symptoms. Be sure to come to work well-rested so that you can remain focused at work. Take your job seriously and use common sense.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
If you live in Pennsylvania and have been injured on a hydrofracking job site, there’s a good chance you are entitled to workers’ compensation. If you live in the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, or Williamsport area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation. Don’t miss out the benefits YOU are entitled to!