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Worker Killed In Texas Oil Field Accident Near Amarillo

An oil field worker was killed in a tragic drilling accident last week, at an Apache-operated drilling site about 22 miles north of Amarillo, Texas. According to authorities, 42-year-old Cody Elston, who worked as an independent contractor for Redneck Services LLC, died on September 26, while digging a ditch around an oil rig for spill control. If you have been injured in an oil field accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, consult our reputable workers’ compensation lawyers today to discuss your legal options.


Potter County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding a workplace accident on the Crawford Ranch, an oil well drilling site on North U.S. Highway 287, outside of Amarillo. According to Sheriff Brian Thomas, Elston’s leg had become entangled in the machine he was using to dig a ditch around the oil rig, and although first responders provided emergency medical services at the site of the accident, the worker succumbed to his injuries. “It tore him up pretty bad,” Thomas said about the ditch-digging machine.

According to Apache Corp. Public Affairs Senior Adviser Bill Mintz, the deceased worker was an independent contractor working for an Oklahoma-based oil field service company called Redneck Services, which was doing work for Apache at the time of the job-site accident. Redneck offers spill control services at oil sites, and according to owner Jimmy Rhoades, the ditch being dug around the drilling rig was a common “pro-active” measure taken by oil companies in the event of a spill.


Apache has announced that it will investigate the cause of the Texas oil field accident, and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will launch its own investigation into the tragic workplace death. “We regret that this happened,” said Mintz in the aftermath of the oil field fatality. “The safety of our employees and contractors is our top priority.” If you have lost a loved one in a fatal oil field accident in Texas, contact our knowledgeable attorneys today to explore your possible compensation options.