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Shale Boom Can Be a Bust for Injured Workers

July 18, 2015 by Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., L.P.A.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (no pun intended), you are aware of the tremendous growth of the fracking and natural gas industry in Ohio.

Yes, exploration of Ohio’s Utica shale has brought an influx of jobs to our area. That’s a good thing. Unfortunately, it can be a pretty dangerous industry in which to work. Back in 2010, the fatality rate for oil and gas extraction workers was seven times greater than the rate for other U.S. industries, and the numbers aren’t getting any better.

You may have heard a tragic fracking-related story or two in the news. In 2009, a gas well worker was killed and four others were injured when they were exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas that was released from a pipe. In 2004, an oil worker died after falling into a water retention pit while he was applying chemicals to the surface.

Not all fracking-related injuries result in death, but natural gas and oil workers run a big risk of getting injured on the job site while drilling, welding, or working on a gas rig or driving the fracking truck. Workers are routinely exposed to perilous conditions such as hazardous oil spills, silica dust and toxic fracking chemicals.

We help injured parties get the compensation they deserve. We are experienced in this area and ready to serve as a resource for oil and gas workers, as well as residents who have been affected by unsafe fracking.

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