Another Wave Of Silicosis Claims May Be On The Horizon

Law360, New York (October 3, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT) -- The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York is rapidly expanding with the development of the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. With this development have come health and safety concerns, which have focused primarily on ground water contamination by the hydraulic fracturing process.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently warned of another safety concern — exposure of field workers to toxic substances at hazardous concentrations. In June, OSHA issued a hazard alert for crystalline silica exposures to workers in the hydraulic fracturing industry. This article identifies the nature of the risks identified by OSHA and steps the...

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