There are a number of hazards associated with working in the oil industry. Workers in Colorado utilize heavy equipment and endure harsh weather while in the field. Some even step around rattlesnakes to get the job done. Despite the threats, however, the industry has minimized the threat of on-the-job injury cases through following safety codes to the letter, a move many say has paid off exponentially.
In recent years, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has become a very real threat for people who work around natural gas and some wellwaters. This poisonous, explosive gas is problematic in many states, though officials in Weld County note that levels there are not as troublesome. Even still, workers are required to follow strict rules as preventative measures, such as not wearing beards and utilizing a self-containing breathing apparatus. Additionally, wells and tanks are routinely checked for levels of H2S.