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OSHA fines Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. $7,000 for safety violations

Employee safety is a vital component of any industry.

Employee safety is a vital component of any industry.

According to ABC 7 News Denver, Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. has been fined $7,000 for violations in a deadly 2014 explosion at a hydraulic fracturing site.

The explosion killed one worker and injured two others. The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line when it ruptured on November 13, 2014. 

During the heating, a 2 inch metal pipe fitting blew off the valve and killed the employee. 

"[Halliburton] did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were exposed to struck-by hazards associated with working in the red zone of the [gas] well," OSHA said.

In addition to these known hazards, OSHA also said the company should allow frozen plugs to thaw at a normal rate without the use of steam or heat. In addition, this operation should only be done under the direct supervision of a trained leader. 

There are three known zones in relation to working conditions. These are:

  • Green zone: Areas where contamination with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear is unlikely. 
  • Yellow zone: Area where contamination with chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear agents is possible.
  • Red zone: An area where contamination with any of the agents listed above is known to have happened or strongly suspected. It is life threatening from both skin contact and inhalation.

To avoid serious injury in any of these zones, keep these tips in mind during employee development and safety training:

  • Inform workers of known hazards and perform routine maintenance to discover others. 
  • Provide information on effects of exposure and how employees can protect themselves.
  • Provide safety equipment and access to educational materials.

The safety of your employees under OSHA compliance guidelines is one of the most important parts of company safety. 

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Waltham, MA 02452

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