In this week's news update, an oilfield services company was fined by OSHA and two workers were injured in an explosion.


Oilfield services company J&M Energy Services was fined $60,900 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations found during an investigation that began in January.

OSHA says the investigation showed that J&M, based in Odessa, Texas, was failing to protect workers from coming into contact with H2S at a well site the company was servicing.

The report says that the company disregarded indications of the gas from monitoring equipment and directed employees to continue working in the area. One employee was hospitalized with severe health effects.

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J&M has 15 business days to comply with the fine, but it can also request an informal meeting with OSHA or contest OSHA’s findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Two Injured in Explosion at Wyoming Facility

Two workers were injured in an explosion at the Chesapeake Energy oil facility in Converse County, Wyoming on May 1.

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The state Department of Workforce Services says two contractors with Susquehanna Services were pumping fluid out of containers at the time. One worker was air-lifted to a hospital with burns.

Sheriff’s officials say state and local officials are investigating.


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