Deadliest danger isn’t at the rig but on the road

In its continuing series of stories on the risks of natural gas drilling, the New York Times finds that one of the dangers for workers in the industry is deadly truck accidents after working long hours on a rig. Over the last decade, more than 300 oil and gas workers have been killed in highway crashes.

After working 17 hours straight at a natural gas well in Ohio, Timothy Roth and three other crew members climbed into their company truck around 10 o’clock one night last July and began their four-hour drive back to their drilling service company’s shop in West Virginia.

When they were just 10 minutes from home, the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The truck veered off the highway and slammed into a sign that sheared off part of the vehicle’s side, killing Mr. Roth.