Fracking sand in oilfields stirs up a serious health risk for workers

Posted by Mike Confino, November 13, 2014

Oil and gas operations are booming in northern Colorado

Health concerns about oil field fracking have been focused on the mixed brew of chemicals injected into wells. But it is another innocuous-sounding substance — sand — that poses a more serious danger to workers.

Government overseers of workplace safety first highlighted the problem three years ago and issued a hazard alert a year later warning that high levels of fine quartz sand around fracking operations could lead to silicosis and other lung illnesses.

via Fracking sand in oilfields stirs up a serious health risk for workers – The Denver Post.