J&M Energy Services is in hot water with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The service company is being fined $60,900 for violations found during an investigation that began in January.
According to a press release from OSHA, the investigation revealed that J&M was failing to protect workers from coming in contact with hazardous hydrogen sulfide gas at a well site the company was servicing. Inhalation of concentrated amounts of hydrogen sulfide can be fatal, and at the very least the gas poses a risk of a fire or explosion. Altogether, the gas presents a myriad of dangers in the work environment.
OSHA reports that J&M disregarded indications of the hazard from monitoring equipment and instead directed employees to continue working in the affected area. One employee was subsequently hospitalized with severe health effects.
“Requiring employees to work in an area that presents a known hazard such as hydrogen sulfide gas is a blatant disregard for the workers’ health and safety. Such disregard will not be tolerated,” said Elizabeth Linda Routh, OSHA’s area director in Lubbock, Texas. “J&M Energy Services did not take the necessary steps required to keep workers safe, and as a consequence a worker was unnecessarily injured.”
J&M will have 15 business days to comply with OSHA’s fine. The company can also request an informal meetings with Routh or contest OSHA’s findings and ensuing penalties before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
OSHA’s full report can be found by clicking here.