Who Is at Risk of Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure?

Hydrogen sulfide is a deadly compound. You should find out if your workplace has a risk of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure. Some occupations in North Dakota have much higher potential for H2S exposure

Oil Field Workers and Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure

Throughout the area, there are many “sour” oil well sites and gas plants that can produce H2S, putting numerous workers in the oil fields at significant risk. The process of connecting hoses and valves often pose a greater risk of hydrogen sulfide exposure.

A leak may occur if the two parts aren’t properly connected or if the equipment doesn’t form a gas-proof seal. In those cases, workers may face a toxic mixture of stagnant water, crude oil, and gas (including hydrogen sulfide). That’s why it’s critical to double-check equipment and monitor H2S levels around gas seals.

Truck Drivers and Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure

When many people think of the dangers truck drivers face, they often think of collisions. But oilfield truck drivers, whether they haul crude oil, wastewater, drilling mud, or other cargo are at risk of being exposed to H2S. Experienced truck drivers know to identify potential sources for hydrogen sulfide when they arrive on-site and many positions their vehicle upwind from the source.

However, even an experienced eye cannot spot all the hidden dangers of H2S. Drivers waiting near their trucks during a fill-up can fall victim to hydrogen sulfide exposure from an unsecured vent line. If you’re a truck driver hauling crude oil, wastewater, or other oil field byproducts, it’s important that you have H2S certification training and personal protective equipment training; it could save your life.

If you were exposed to dangerous amounts of hydrogen sulfide while on the job, you might be eligible for financial compensation. If you’d like one of our experienced work injury attorneys to evaluate your hydrogen sulfide exposure case, please give us a call at (855) 245-5100 or send us an email.

Additional Reading

  • What is Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure? - If you have questions about H2S exposure, then our law firm has answers. Continue reading to learn what H2S exposure is, the common symptoms of varying levels of exposure, and the different treatments.
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