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Gas Plant Operator Killed In West Texas Oilfield Accident

27 June 2014No Comments

oilfield accidentAuthorities are investigating the tragic death of a gas plant operator who was killed in an industrial accident while working at a West Texas Gas Co. compressor station in Martin County earlier this month. According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the cause of the worker’s death was not immediately clear, but the deputies who responded to the Texas workplace accident noticed minor abrasions to his face. If you have suffered injuries in an oilfield accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim, in order to pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your on-the-job injuries.

Worker’s Cause of Death Remains Unknown

According to Chief Deputy Ernest Wakefield of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, 47-year-old Johnny Plasentillo of Marfa, Texas was found collapsed beside a spewing natural gas line by an oilfield worker on the evening of June 1. Wakefield has noted that, at the time of his death, Plasentillo’s job duties included visiting various compressor stations and recording readings, similar to a pumper on an oilfield lease. There was no fire at the compressor station, Wakefield said, and investigators did not find any traces of hydrogen sulfide gas, which is poisonous.

Texas Oilfield Accident Injuries, Fatalities

West Texas Gas operates in Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle, and its operations include natural gas gathering and processing, distribution, and transmission, as well as oil and gas production and refined products distribution. It remains unclear what caused Johnny Plasentillo’s workplace death, but oilfield workers and other employees in the oil and gas industry put their lives on the line on a daily basis. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed in on-the-job accidents between 2003 and 2010 – a workplace fatality rate seven times higher than the rate for all other U.S. industries.

Our Workers’ Comp Lawyers Can Help

If you have been injured in a Texas oilfield accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident on the job, consult our reputable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. Our law firm is located in Corpus Christi, and our workers’ compensation lawyers have years of experience protecting the rights of oilfield workers and their families throughout the state of Texas. With our skilled legal team on your side, you can seek fair and timely reimbursement for your work accident-related losses.



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