Workers at drill sites in Colorado and other states are typically exposed to multiple safety hazards. They are particularly vulnerable when their employers and supervisors disregard safety regulations. Such negligence can lead to a workplace injury that could be fatal.
Workers in Colorado and elsewhere are often exposed to hazardous chemicals. Those who are employed in industries where stainless steel and chromium alloy steel are welded will be exposed to dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium if they are not protected. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says hexavalent chromium is formed by welding steel that contains chromium metal, and exposure can lead to an occupational disease.
Colorado workers of companies servicing the oil industry are often exposed to potentially dangerous situations that could lead to severe burn injuries. The consequences of burns can be life-changing and are likely one of the most serious on-the-job injuries workers can suffer. For workers in the petroleum industry, it is not uncommon for thermal burns to result from a workplace injury.
Construction workers in Colorado often have to work in trenches. The collapse of a trench is a common cause for construction injuries, and collapses can threaten the lives of workers in a variety of operations. Unprotected trenches can potentially be death traps, and workers must not be expected to work in such dangerous conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited two Colorado construction companies who failed to protect employees who work in trenches.