Two Workers Killed, Two Injured In Deadly Texas Oil Rig Accident
9 April 2013No Comments
Four workers suffered injuries in an oil rig accident that took place in Ward County, Texas, on April 5, and for two of the workers, their injuries proved to be fatal. Juan Rios was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and Olegario Rios was airlifted to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, where he later died from his injuries. Two other oil rig workers, Roman Galindo and Jose Cruz, were airlifted to the burn unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, following the blowout, where they received treatment for their injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a devastating oil rig accident in Texas, contact our qualified oil rig accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today.
Deadly Accident Caused By Oil Well Blowout
According to the Ward County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call around 9 a.m. on April 5, about the blowout, which took place east of Barstow on an Anadarko Petroleum lease. Officials who responded to the scene of the deadly oil rig accident concluded that a pulling unit belonging to Basic Energy Services was in the process of rigging up on an Anadarko Well when the well blew out. The explosion blew the oil rig crew off the well head, killing two workers and injuring two others. According to the latest reports, Cruz is listed in serious condition and Galindo is listed as satisfactory.
Workplace Safety Violations
The Ward County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the Texas oil rig accident, which could result in citations if any workplace safety violations are found. The oil industry is inherently dangerous, and Texas oil rig workers put their lives on the line on a daily basis, just by showing up to work. However, when oil companies fail to comply with workplace safety regulations, or when companies manufacture defective oil rig equipment, workers are put at unnecessary risk of serious injury or death.
Contact Our Experienced Oilfield Accident Lawyers Today
According to a recent analysis of fatal accidents investigated by OSHA between 2007 and 2011, workplace deaths have declined overall in Texas, but not in the oil industry, where 197 were killed on the job – an average of 39 per year during that time period. According to the analysis, more oil and gas field services and drilling workers were killed in workplace accidents in Texas than those in any other profession. If you have been injured in an oil rig or oilfield accident in Texas, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, consult our reputable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the resulting injuries, medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and other damages, which you can pursue by filing a claim against the person or party found at-fault in the workplace accident.