Another Worker Killed In West Texas Oil Field Accident
25 June 2013No Comments
According to authorities in West Texas, another worker has been killed in the second oil field-related accident to occur in the area in just one week. Both fatal work accidents took place in Big Spring, Texas, an area whose economy relies heavily on the oil industry, and each took the life of an oil industry worker – one who was working on a machine when it rolled onto him and another who was working on an oil rig when it collapsed. The fatal accidents shed light on the hazards of working in the oil industry, particularly when employers allow unsafe working conditions to exist on oil rigs and in oil fields. If you have suffered oil field accident injuries in Texas, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal work accident, consult our reputable oil field accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help.
Texas Oil Field Worker Crushed By Machinery
The latest fatality resulting from a Texas oil field accident took place on June 20, in Big Spring, Texas, where the oil company Earthco, Inc. is based. According to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, employees of Earthco were working that day on a large heater tank designed to prepare oil for transport, when the machine rolled onto a man, pinning him against another piece of equipment. The victim of the tragic oil field accident, 59-year-old Juan Manual Estrada-Duarte, succumbed to his extensive injuries and died at the hospital.
Texas Worker Killed In Oil Rig Collapse
The previous day, another Big Spring oil worker, 40-year-old Felipe Saiz, was killed when part of a drilling rig owned by Heartland Drilling of Abilene, Texas, collapsed. According to local authorities, Saiz was working on the oil drilling rig at the time of the accident, which took place north of Rockhouse Road in Big Spring, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency personnel who responded to the fatal work accident reported that the derrick portion of the structure, located near the top of the rig, is what collapsed during the accident, killing Saiz.
Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to investigate both Texas oil field accident deaths, in order to determine whether unsafe working conditions contributed to the fatalities. If you have been injured in an oil field accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to explore your compensation options. Our law firm has years of experience protecting the rights of injured workers throughout the state of Texas, and will work diligently to help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your work-related injuries, medical bills, lost income, and other damages. Consult our law firm today for qualified legal guidance.