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

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 poses 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

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 position 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 attorneys to evaluate your hydrogen sulfide exposure case, please give us a call at (855) 245-5100or send us an email.