The author tells the story of his near fatal exposure to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) while stimulating an oil well in Waynesboro, Mississippi. He describes how poor management decisions, inadequate training, and failure to exercise Stop Work Authority factored into the accident. Lessoned Learned include:

  • Assure all personnel are committed to working safely.

  • Provide detailed safety training.

  • Advise personnel of all hazards associated with a job.

  • Follow established safe work practices.

  • Provide adequate equipment to deal with hazards.

  • Develop a job site–specific emergency response plan.

  • Support and use Stop Work Authority.

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