Oil field work is one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S. Fatal injuries involving fires and explosions, transportation wrecks, and accidents with equipment and materials are not uncommon. Now, according to a study reported by National Geographic, oil field workers in five states, including Wyoming, are being exposed to dangerously high levels of benzene and other chemicals in the air.
Did you know that Wyoming produces the largest volume of coal of any state in the U.S.? Probably. And you probably also know that coal mining is an industry well-known for injuries, deaths, and serious long-term illnesses among workers. In 2017, there were 15 coal-mining fatalities: five in Wyoming, eight in West Virginia, and two in Kentucky. In 2016, there were only eight.
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