Unwanted airflow on a frac site generates high volumes of dust particulates – and dust isn’t good for anybody.
Using high-pressure air to force frac sand through tubes is noisy and cumbersome. Gusting desert winds and arctic fronts force frac sand out of cracks and openings.
A typical frac sand handling system has multiple points for dust to escape. Wind across an exposed conveyor belt or failure in a high pressure line means LOTS of dust. From the trailers, through the pipes, into bins and onto conveyors – frac sand dust will find a hole and blow. And blowing dust sucks.
While measures are put in place to ensure worker safety, it’s important for the industry to look at the root cause of issues. Putting bandaids on problems is not enough – it’s time to work together to fix them.
Each year in the U.S.
more than 200 workers die of silicosis,
while hundreds become more disabled.
(In various industries, not exclusive to the Oilfield industry)
The Journal of Petroleum Technology has an interesting article on how the latest safety regulations require companies to reduce the level of dust on frac sites: Airborne Dust Limits Finalized for Sand Use in Hydraulic [...]
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