Vital Safety Updates
NASSCO’s Health and Safety Committee is committed to keeping our industry as safe as possible. Serving on the front lines of underground infrastructure inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation, members of the NASSCO Health and Safety Committee work hard to share the latest information, tips and guidelines pertaining to the health and safety of trenchless technology workers, the environment, and the communities they serve. NASSCO’s Vital Safety Update content includes information that is seasonal, recently published, or so important that it bears repeating. This page is updated frequently, so bookmark, share, and refer to it regularly.
Hydrogen sulfide gas causes a wide range of health effects. Workers are primarily exposed to hydrogen sulfide by breathing it. The effects depend on how much hydrogen sulfide you breathe and for how long. Exposure to very high concentrations can quickly lead to death.
Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless, flammable, extremely hazardous gas with a “rotten egg” smell.
Hydrogen sulfide occurs naturally in crude petroleum and natural gas, and can be produced by the breakdown of organic matter and human/animal wastes (e.g., sewage).
Working in the sewer industry exposes workers to many hazards, one of which is Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). Exposure to H2S is one of the top causes of death in our industry.
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Psychological distress and suicidal ideation among male construction workers in the United States.
Over the last several years, the rate of suicide has increased, and it is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries.
In a season of uncertainty, information overload, and stressful changes, it is no wonder there is concern about a rise in mental health issues and suicide. See page 8 of the NASSCO Pipeline.
Alarming rise in trench-related fatalities spurs US Department of Labor to announce enhanced nationwide enforcement, additional oversight.
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