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    Stay safe at work!

    Hey guys, I haven't been around for a bit. Hell, I'm lucky to be around at all...

    I work in the oil field in Alberta, operating oil wells, maintaining them and optimizing them, etc. 6 weeks ago, I was doing my daily routine, opened the doors on a tank to check fluid levels, and got a blast of chemical for my effort. It isn't something we use, but something that got dumped there by who knows who. I reported it, it got cleaned up, thought all was good. Turned out not so. I started to cough alot that afternoon, went to the Dr. Long story short, the chemical "blend" benzine, toluene, xylene, HAN, among others I cant remember. So after a visit to the hospital, and having my lungs checked out, I now have had to get my heart monitored. on a regular basis. I have a consult with a ENT, and a cardiologist to sort things out... I hope. I am down for a bit, not to long I hope. Just thought I would check in and let you know why I haven't been around.

    Suffice it to say, be careful at work! And at home. You just never know.


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    Damn. Over someone's negligence. Glad you getting sorted though!
    Remember: You're a unique individual...just like everybody else.

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    Those are some nasty cleaning chemicals, I hope there is no long term damage. I'm kinda surprised something like that could happen on a larger job (which it what I am assuming you are on). In the US there are full time employees that are in charge of holding safety meetings and monitoring the job site.

    Here's to a speedy recovery!

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    Rodrigo, I am sorry to hear you are suffering because somebody else carelessly dumped some nasty stuff where it did not belong. I hope you will make a full recovery soon.

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    That's nasty. Hope that you recover soon Pierre

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    Glad it wasn't worse for you Pierre. Thankfully it wasn't something like a high dose of H2S that could have knocked you out. Was the tank in an enclosure? If so, I take it there weren't exhaust fans in place. I did a bunch of work in ND and most of the buildings/enclosures I had to go into required that exhaust fans be run first before entering.

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    That sucks. Call the lawyer first, then OSHA.
    I used to work in a place that fabricated structural FRP stuff. There were open buckets of MEK on the shop floor for the guys to wash the resin off their skin and no dust collectors on the tools.
    Though I could not caution all I still might warn a few; Don't raise your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools. - Robert Hunter

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