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An explosion at an oil well near Bolivar, Ohio, in 2012 killed a worker, hurled a tank more than 250 feet and alarmed neighbors. Photo by Brandie Hanley.

The Drilling Industry’s Explosion Problem

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An explosion at an oil well near Bolivar, Ohio, in 2012 killed a worker, hurled a tank more than 250 feet and alarmed neighbors. Photo by Brandie Hanley.



The oil and gas industry has more deaths from fires and explosions than any other private industry, according to an EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics. It employs less than 1 percent of the U.S. workforce, but in the past five years it has had more than 10 percent of all workplace fatalities from fires and explosions.

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Dow Chemicals Vinyl Plant in Freeport, TX.Photo: Greenpeace USA 2011

Ouch! Vinyl Workers at Risk for Developing Kidney Stones

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Liver cancer. Reproductive risks.  Chemical plant explosions.

Workers who make vinyl plastic products face no shortage of hazards on the job.  A brand new study adds to the evidence that vinyl workers risk their health when making products like vinyl window blinds, flooring and piping for our homes and schools.

Dow Chemicals Vinyl Plant in Freeport, TX.Photo: Greenpeace USA 2011

Scientists at the University at Buffalo published a study of workers at vinyl plants in China, which found workers exposed to even low levels of the chemical trimethyltin chloride (TMT) had a higher prevalence of kidney stones.  The factories use this chemical as a heat stabilizer in the manufacture of vinyl window blinds.

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