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.
The factory workers of Denver expect that the government is doing its best to regulate dangerous products in the workplace. It is shocking, however, to learn that proposals to cut the amount of silica and beryllium, both dangerous carcinogens, that Colorado employees can be exposed to have been tied up for years.
Recently, at a major construction site, federal safety inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration discovered an accumulation of unsafe levels of silica. This dangerous particle has been linked to silicosis and deadly cancers if an employee is exposed to high doses. The construction workers at this particular site were being exposed to over three times the legal limit of the toxic substance. Although no one has shown any symptoms of an occupational disease, it is possible that the workers may find themselves ill after potentially inhaling this human carcinogen.