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Historically, increased drilling activity has corresponded with increases in the rate of fatal injuries in this industry. As oil and gas remain in high demand and shortages of trained workers remain, this industry will face several challenges in maintaining a safe work environment. Employees in this industry often work 8 or 12-hour shifts, for 7 or 14 days in a row. The current shortage of trained workers has even led to employees working more than 14 days without a day off. Strategies for reducing worker fatigue need to be identified, implemented and evaluated. The widespread use of horizontal drilling has led to an increase in hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas extraction industry. There is a need to quantify the safety and health hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing.

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