Local News: Worker with fiery rash covering half of body — Blamed on radiation exposure, fracking chemicals (VIDEO)

Published: January 26th, 2013 at 4:02 pm ET


Title: VIDEO: Unsafe conditions at fracking site
Source: Times Online
Date: Jan 25, 2013

Source: Times Online

Randy Moyer, who trucked brine from wells to treatment plants and back to wells, now suffers from dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, difficulty breathing, swollen lips and appendages, and a fiery red rash that covered about 50 percent of his body. The Portage resident believes he’s sick from the chemicals in fracking fluid and from radiation exposure. […]


Published: January 26th, 2013 at 4:02 pm ET


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13 comments to Local News: Worker with fiery rash covering half of body — Blamed on radiation exposure, fracking chemicals (VIDEO)

  • Pierpont

    Not to be a whiner, but . . . maybe others have this problem, too.

    Bloggers put up articles like this, including links to media outlets and they don't have a word about where the news is happening. This could be in Timpuckpoo for all anyone can tell.

    If you follow the link to the media page, most of the time — as in this case — not even that tells where the article is about. Local news outlets often leave off their own location from the banner figuring only local people are reading and they must know where they are.

    Please blogmaster, take the time to include the location in your posts. It's called "sourcing".

    BTW, after about 10 minutes I tracked this location down to Beaver, PA. The the source is the Beaver Times. OK, I probably wouldn't put that on my banner either, but at least now we know.

  • Thad

    How was he exposed to the Brine it would have to be skin contact—– what is the source of radiation. Oil field radiation called NORM is not unless he is drinking a large amount —

    • Sickputer

      Maybe he was unloading into a creek and the hose splattered? That scenario (dumping in creeks) is not uncommon around here.

    • Fillows4

      Thad & Sickputer, I guess you did not watch the video. It told how he came into contact with the brine.

  • datura17

    Pennsylvania will step up its monitoring of naturally occurring radiation levels in water, rock cuttings and drilling wastes associated with oil and gas development in a yearlong study that will be peer-reviewed, the state’s environmental agency reports.


  • I Dont Know

    IN the video he says they didn't ask what chemicals were there because then "you're a tree hugger then. They don't want you if you're a tree hugger."

    That's a type of 'forced silence' because employees are afraid to ask for fear of losing their jobs.

    Now he knows it was radium 226.

    Whichever government agencies oversee these types of working conditions should investigate.

    Would it be OSHA or the Department of Labor or EPA or a State agency or State regulator or the Department of Health?

    • Fillows4

      Sounds like they hire the locals to do the crap jobs. Bet the crews they bring in don't ever do those jobs. Very sad.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Haven't these companies all passed laws to be exempt from EPA or OSHA oversight? That's why people are exposed to these type working conditions. These companies do not give a damn about people or animals or drinking water or anything else. It is all greed!

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Where is OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration?

    This is the kind of thing that causes people to unionize. The companies that are not making sure their workers have adequate protection from exposure to harmful substances should be fined. The company culture of getting rid of anyone that asks questions about what the chemicals are is worker intimidation. These workers just want to work and get a paycheck. They assume somebody like the government's OSHA or the company wouldn't allow them to be exposed to something that would do any long term damage. History repeats itself and these are not the first workers of an industry to be taken advantage of.

  • Thad

    What was the source of the Radium 226. And how did he identify it as such?
    Very hard to believe that working cleaning tanks requiring a harness and safety line for removal of worker would not also require a respirator or mask with fresh air line–. Rubber steel toe boot are the cheapest.$19 at WalMart. IF not required by employer- any worker that cared for his more expensive leather boots would have bought his own–

  • Fillows4

    Quote: In a 26-page report, released Jan. 11, the EPA takes the DEC to task for not adequately addressing the public health risks from radioactive wastewater, a potential byproduct of hydrofracking. This wastewater, which contains elevated levels of radium-226 and radium-228, would be sent to public treatment plants which, opponents of natural gas drilling suggest, would not prove capable of safely handling radioactive waste.


    Any chance he could not afford a new pair of boot. Maybe he wore them, cause he drove a truck and did not know he was going in the tank that day. Maybe you can be a worker that cared for his more expensive leather boots, and bought another pair. Pennsylvania officials have bypassed many laws, so they can do this.

    • Thad

      BTDT — Why did he not file with state agencies– no names – call them and they show up on locations — un announced–
      Leastthey do here.
      Could not affforsd $19 dollars for rubber work boots get serious–

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        You should get serious. Very often people cannot afford this. Why didn't the company provide protective clothing??? He should not have to pay for anything! It should be a "tool" just as much as the truck is a tool.