Two Killed, Two Critically Injured In Deadly Oil Rig Explosion
2 January 2015No Comments
A fire and explosion on an oil rig owned by Texas-based Pablo Energy late last month killed two workers and injured three others, two critically. The oil rig explosion took place two miles off the coast of Coalgate, Oklahoma, and all five men involved in the accident were employees of Oklahoma-based drilling contractor Dan D. Drilling, which conducts business in Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal oilfield accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, consult our experienced oilfield accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. You may have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim or third-party liability lawsuit for compensation.
OSHA Investigating Oil Rig Accident
According to the state medical examiner’s office, 27-year-old Kelsey Bellah and 26-year-old Gary Keenen were killed in the oil rig explosion, and two other workers were critically burned in the accident and were airlifted to a hospital burn unit in Oklahoma City. The third worker involved in the oil rig accident suffered minor burn injuries on his hands. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the State Fire Marshal have begun an investigation into the cause of the oil rig explosion, which comes just eight months after a pressure explosion at a drill site in Orla, Texas killed two men and injured nine others in April.
On-the-Job Injuries, Fatalities in Texas
OSHA records indicate that Dan D. Drilling, the company responsible for overseeing the rig where the explosion occurred, has had three fatal job-site accidents in the past two years. Unfortunately, major violations of workplace safety and devastating on-the-job accidents are becoming more commonplace in the United States, and in 2011, David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of OSHA, told Congress that, as a result of significant staffing cutbacks, OSHA has all but abandoned regular job-site inspections in favor of investigating incidents where there “has been a fatality, multiple hospitalizations, [or] where a worker files a former complaint.”
Contact Our Oil Rig Accident Attorneys
Oil rig and oilfield accidents occur far too frequently in Texas and across the United States, and the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from these types of workplace accident are on the rise. Between 2000 and 2009, there were 2,554 significant incidents, 576 injuries and 161 fatalities on onshore oilfields and pipelines in the U.S., a significant increase from the 1,442 significant incidents, 302 injuries and 41 fatalities that occurred from 2001 to 2007. If you have been injured in an oilfield or oil rig accident in Texas, contact our reputable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today to explore your possible compensation options.