Texas Worker Dies After Being Struck By Pipe In Eagle Ford Shale Accident
5 June 2013No Comments
A South Texas contractor working in the Eagle Ford Share was killed last month when a pipe fell on him on the job site, striking his head and neck. According to Russell Swize, chief deputy with the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office, the work accident took the life of 25-year-old James Dean “Jimmy” Burnett, who worked for Victoria-based oilfield services company Jet Maintenance Inc. The fatal job site incident took place at about 10 a.m. on May 6, and Burnett was pronounced dead at the scene after responders attempted CPR. If you have been injured in an oilfield accident, or if you lost a loved on in a fatal job site accident, consult our oilfield accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today. With our lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue financial compensation for your losses.
Oilfield Fatalities In The Eagle Ford Shale
At the time of the fatal oilfield accident, Burnett was working at a BHP Petroleum construction site in Karnes County. BHP is one of the largest operators in the Eagle Ford, with more than 330,000 acres in the region, Hart Energy reports. “Operations at the site were immediately stopped [after the fatality] and a full investigation is under way,” BHP Petroleum said in a statement on its website. “Our immediate thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.” As a company spokesperson says, BHP halted construction at the site of the worker’s death, but the company’s drilling and production operations are continuing.
Unfortunately, Burnett isn’t the only Texas oilfield worker who has been killed recently in a devastating job site accident in the Eagle Ford Shale. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), at least 13 other employees working for drilling companies and other industries in the Eagle Ford Shale counties have died in workplace accidents since 2009. OSHA records for the past ten years do not show any accidents or enforcement inspections for Jet Maintenance, Burnett’s employer, whose work includes building pipelines, lease roads, ponds for hydraulic fracturing operations and pads for drilling rigs. Burnett’s fatal job site accident took place at a pad construction site.
Consult Our Oilfield Accident Attorneys For Legal Help
With thousands of oil and gas workers heading to South Texas in response to the Eagle Ford Shale boom, the risk of devastating injury or fatality resulting from a work-related accident is only getting higher. Unfortunately, it is the rush to get the job done that causes many avoidable oilfield accidents, injuries and deaths in Texas. If you have suffered oilfield accident injuries in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our qualified lawyers at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. Our attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of injured workers throughout the state of Texas, and will work diligently to help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.