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Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation Program

Action Page – Protecting Oil & Gas Workers From Hydrocarbon Gases & Vapors

The California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program investigates work-related fatalities to identify the causes and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

This video explains how David, a truck driver/oil hauler, died when he was exposed to hydrocarbon gases and vapors when he opened an oil tank thief hatch ... and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Digital stories are best used as educational triggers that can kick off a worker training session and facilitate discussion. See below for video discussion questions and video download instructions.

Preventing Oil & Gas Worker Exposures Video

Digital Story Discussion Questions

  • What happened to David?
  • Have you or someone you know ever faced a similar hazard?
  • What are some precautions that could have been used at David's jobsite?
  • What needs to be done to identify potential hazards prior to gauging or thieving oil tanks?

Obtain Copies of the Video

You can download the video from Vimeo (link below), or order a copy by calling 510-620-5757 or e-mailing the FACE program.

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