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Oil Field Accidents

February Oilfield Worker’s Death

In February, an oilfield worker was killed on the job in Bowie, Texas. According to the Times Record News, the 29-year-old man from Nocona died as a result of exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S). Law enforcement officials just received the toxicology report confirming the cause of death. At this time, the incident is still under investigation with the Montague County Sheriff’s Department, the Texas Railroad Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A fellow oilfield worker found Gregory Claxton unresponsive at a well site. He was pronounced dead on the scene, near Seldom Seen Road. Claxton was an oil hauler from Nocona, Texas. First responders on the scene were unable to revive him and suspected hydrogen sulfide gas exposure as the cause of death. At this time, there’s no word on how Claxton was exposed to the gas. Oilfields and worksites in the oil and gas extraction industry should have the proper monitoring equipment to keep workers safe.

Oil Field Injury and Fatality Facts

  • From 2008 to 2012, 545 oil field workers died on the job.
  • Texas reported the most fatalities of any state during that time with 216 deaths.
  • Oklahoma has had a 24 percent increase in oilfield deaths when compared with the five years prior to 2008.
  • Texas has had a 7.4 percent increase in deaths on the oilfield.

Oilfield Safety for Rig Workers

Unfortunately, Texomans are all too familiar with the dangers associated with oilfield work. An increase in the natural gas extraction business has also brought an increase in workplace deaths and industry-related trucking crashes. Smaller rural areas that are now natural gas extracting boomtowns have not been able to keep up with the demand for increased commercial trucking traffic. In fact, between 2009 and 2013, traffic fatalities involving commercial vehicles have increased by 51 percent across the State of Texas.

After an Oilfield Accident

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one at an oil well site, contact the skilled legal team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today. It may take additional investigative efforts to determine if all the proper safety procedures and equipment were being utilized at the time of the injury or death.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Gregory Claxton.

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Two Dead in Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion

Early on Friday, December 19, two people were killed during an explosion and oil rig fire in Coalgate, Oklahoma. According to KSWO News Channel Seven, the incident happened sometime in the early morning, at an oil rig about two miles west of Coalgate, in Southeast Oklahoma. Gary Keenen of Ada, 26 years old, and Kelsey Bellah of Tulsa, 27 years old, were killed, and at least two other people were injured. Very few details were released, but we do know that there was an explosion and a fire at the Pablo Energy rig.

Fire Marshal Investigation

At this time, we don’t know what caused the fire or explosion. KSWO News Channel Seven reports that the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal and the State Corporation Commission have opened investigations into the matter. It remains to be seen if and how these deaths and injuries could have been prevented.

Oil Rig Explosions in Texas and Oklahoma

Sadly, we hear about oil rig explosion fatalities all too often in the Texoma area. The natural gas extraction boom has created a huge employment industry for workers across the two states. The stakes are high on an oil patch, and that’s why it’s absolutely essential for deaths and injuries to be fully investigated. The oil and gas extraction business is one of the few industries that continue to see an increase in workplace injuries and fatalities each year. Ensuring worker safety needs to be a top priority for all oil field owners and operators.

Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one in an oil rig accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney with oil rig case experience. You may have a wrongful death lawsuit. With an increase in oil patch work, comes an increase in commercial trucking accidents too. Whether it’s an explosion or truck accident, the industry is becoming deadly for workers across Oklahoma and Texas. Workplace fatality rates aren’t growing at the same rate as industry growth either, they’re greatly exceeding it. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit is one way to help make sure more lives aren’t lost due to the same industry mistakes and errors.

At this time, there’s no word on the injured victims’ conditions or the extent of their injures. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Keenen and Bellah and wishes speedy and full recoveries for the surviving injured workers.

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Wichita Falls Oil Field Worker Injured

On Thursday afternoon, an oil field worker was injured at a worksite off of FM 367. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened at Mitchell Ranch, near Highway 25. Christopher Beck, the 19-year-old victim, was injured when something went wrong with one of the booms. He was airlifted to the hospital due to the severity of the injury and the remote location of the worksite.

Oil Field Worker Suffers from Back Injury

Very few details have been released, but there was apparently a problem with a large wench truck. KFDX News Channel Three reports that part of the wench shifted and the booms came down, striking the oil field worker in the back and shoulder area. Although there’s no word on the extent of his injuries, Beck was reportedly treated and released.

Oil Field Accidents on the Rise

Oil field accidents are an all too common occurrence in the Texoma area. With the booming natural gas extraction industry in Texas, there has also been an increase in oil field related injuries and fatalities. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that fatality rates in the oil and gas extraction industry are actually on the rise, rather than showing an equal increase with industry growth.

Oil Patch Injuries

Depending upon the circumstance, injuries in the oil patch can vary greatly. Since there is the potential for explosions, burn injuries are commonly seen on the oil field. The severity of this type of injury can also vary greatly from minor burns and smoke inhalation to death. Accidents involving heavy machinery can lead to severe head and spinal cord injuries and amputation injuries. In addition to hazards on the oil patch, the increase in commercial trucking traffic also puts workers and other motorists at risk.

After an Oil Field Injury

After an oil field injury, it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Whether you’re recovering from a burn injury related to an explosion or a catastrophic injury involving heavy machinery failure, you need to call an attorney to get the ball rolling on your case. You’re out of work and in the hospital, and you need an advocate looking out for you and your family’s best interests. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes Christopher Beck a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.

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Multiple Fatality Crashes and Natural Gas Extraction in Texas

Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported on the disturbing link between multiple-fatality crashes and the boom in natural gas extraction across the state. Specifically, they reported on “triple tragedies,” where three people are killed in one motor vehicle crash. According to the Houston Chronicle, in 2010, there were 72 fatalities from crashes that took at least three lives, and in 2013, 148 people died in “triple tragedy” crashes across the state.

Deadly Roadways in Texas

The article is quick to point out that while the number of crash fatalities is down across the country, Texas has had a steady increase in roadway fatalities since 2008, which also coincides with the natural gas extraction and drilling boom.

Interstate 20 is one of the most dangerous roadways in Texas, followed by Interstate 10, and Interstate 45. These roadways serve a variety of locations and towns that rely heavily on the oil and gas extraction industry. Smaller local highways between oil patches have seen an increase in fatal crashes too. Texas 72 in Live Oak County is known as “Death Row” to locals, because of how many triple and even quadruple tragedies have occurred on it since 2011.

Overworked on the Oil Field

An alarming increase in crashes involving overworked, fatigued oil field workers is happening on roadways across the state. After working 24-hour shifts or multiple 12-hour shifts for days on end, workers are too fatigued to drive home or to anywhere they can comfortably and safely get some rest.

Many of these “triple tragedy” crashes occur when overworked exhausted oil-field workers get behind the wheel. Because they’re often car-pooling with their colleagues, there may be four or more of them in a car, truck or van at anytime. Driving while fatigued and drunk driving have similar impacts on a person’s ability to safely get behind the wheel.

Workplace Injuries and the Oil Field

When you think about workplace injuries and deaths on an oil field, you most likely think of explosions, fires and incidents involving large heavy pieces of machinery, but what you should be thinking about are transportation-related fatalities. In 2013, roughly half of all oil field workers killed in Texas, died in transportation-related incidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an oil field accident, or you have lost a loved one in a car crash involving a fatigued oil field worker, contact the experienced team at Altman Legal Group for a free case consultation.

 

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