Feds in Colorado Launch Huge Oil and Gas Worker Safety Study
An unprecedented study of the hazards rooted in America’s largest oil patches will be launched next year by federal health officials in Colorado, who hope to cut the dangers faced by oil and gas workers.
Scientists from the Denver office of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—will distribute questionnaires to 500 oilfield workers in North Dakota, Texas, and another unnamed state.
Institute personnel will fan out to so-called “man camps”; training centers; equipment and trucking yards; wellsites; and community centers in oilfield towns.
Oilfield work is considered one of the most dangerous in the country. Between 2005 and 2009, the national occupational fatality rate for the oil and gas industry was seven times higher than the general industry rate and 2½ times higher than the construction industry rate.