Ask Texas oil workers and you'll hear it from them: hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is the bogeyman in drilling. More than just offensive to the nostrils with its rotten-egg odor, hydrogen sulfide is extremely toxic, highly flammable, and very corrosive to metal. Sadly, it also causes permanent debilitation and fatalities in the oilfields every year.
The Texas Permian Basin, currently one of the most productive oil fields in the world, is also one of the most accident-prone regions in the oil and gas industry. In 2014, Texas had the most oil and gas-related fatalities in the nation, the majority of which occurred in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale regions (see page 9).
On March 15, 2018, an explosion rocked the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, Texas. The subsequent fire continued to burn into the week end. The fire prevented the recovery of the body of a worker who is presumed dead. On Saturday,
You may remember how your family rejoiced when they learned you had survived a fire or or explosion. Hopefully, rescue response time was swift and you were quickly transported to the nearest burn trauma unit in your area. Since then, you may have already overcome various challenges during recovery. Recuperation following such accidents is often long and arduous. Thankfully, there are many support networks available in Texas to help you maximize your recovery potential.
You wear safety goggles at work because you know the dangers of the chemicals you work with and the consequences of getting those substances in your eyes. However, in one split second, the chemicals were in your face, and your eyes began to burn. Thankfully, your job site has an eye wash station where co-workers helped you rinse your eyes until help arrived.