Last month, a deadly oil field accident in Lynn County, Texas claimed the life of an Odessa man and injured two other Permian Basin drilling rig workers.
The Lynn County Sheriff’s office stated that the accident happened eight miles east of O’Donnell near FM 2053 and CR BB.
According to investigators, the oil field workers were repairing a pipe when safety lines burst. A significant amount of pressure was released rapidly, striking and killing the 30-year-old man.
The two other men involved in the accident, a 33-year-old from Odessa and a 49-year-old from Roswell, New Mexico, suffered injuries that sent them to the hospital but that were not life-threatening.
OSHA is investigating the incident, but the sheriff’s office has deemed the tragedy an accident.
Sadly, this drilling rig accident was not the only deadly oil field incident in Texas at the end of last year.
In south Midland County, and oilfield worker died following an industrial accident only a short while before the most recent drilling incident.
In an oil field about 13 miles south of the City of Midland, just off Highway 349, a crew was setting up a small rig beneath a row of power lines.
As the crew stood the rig up, Midland officials reported, it hit the power lines.
One of the workers was touching the rig when it made contact with the lines. 14,000 volts of electricity surged through his body.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Workers in the oil and gas industry are subjected to incredibly dangerous industrial conditions.
Far too often, serious injuries and fatalities result from oil and gas accidents.
According to recent reports, the severity of injuries sustained by oil and gas workers on the job is far worse than those suffered by workers in other industries. On average, recovery times are twice as long for oilfield or drilling rig workers!
Common causes of oil and gas accidents include:
- Careless or reckless task completion
- Ill-maintained or faulty equipment
- Inadequate personnel training
- Failures of communication
- Outdated or nonexistent safety procedures
Oil and gas accidents can involve explosions, mishaps while raising pipeline, safety violations, and other incidents, including:
- Drilling accidents
- Defective construction
- Improper maintenance
- Pipeline transportation accidents
- Storage problems such as contamination
Ensure that the company responsible for your injury in a West Texas drilling rig accident or oil field accident is held accountable. If you have lost a loved one in an oil and gas industry accident, get a sense of justice by taking on the company responsible for their death. Secure legal representation for your drilling rig or oilfield accident case immediately.
The West Texas oilfield accident lawyers at Childs Bishop & White are dedicated to helping workers in the oil and gas industry get the compensation they need and deserve following an oilfield or drilling rig injury. If your loved one was killed in an accident at an oilfield or drilling rig, we can help you sort out the difficult details of your case and help ensure that others do not lose their lives in the future due to a company’s negligence.
Contact attorney Bob White and the lawyers at Childs Bishop & White today!