Coal mining is a significant part of Colorado's economy. More than 2,500 Coloradans work as coal miners, and thousands more work in support roles. Unfortunately, many of these workers face serious health risks every time they go on the job.
Extraction work is a big part of Colorado's economy. It is important to recognize, though, that people who work in the state's oil and gas fields face a unique risk of injury. Not only do they frequently labor around dangerous heavy machinery, but they are also regularly exposed to hazardous substances that could cause permanent disability or death.
Yesterday morning, one worker was killed and two others were injured in an explosion at the BP Piñon Compression Station in southwest Colorado.
The Niobrara Shale is just one of the many natural gas repositories that have brought a new wave of extraction work to Colorado.