Recent Oil Rig Accident Leaves One Man Dead. What Caused It?

Photo of an operator checking parts on an oil and gas rig

Photo of an operator checking parts on an oil and gas rigDetails are scarce as to the cause of a recent oil rig accident that left one man dead and another injured. The accident, which took place east of Ames, Oklahoma, happened when an oil rig tipped over. It fell on top of a worker, who died. The other worker was working near the top of the rig tower when it collapsed, causing injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into the cause of the accident, but expects it may be up to a month before they know exactly what happened.

In August, another man was killed in an oil field accident in West Texas. He was helping raise a small rig when it touched power lines, sending 14,000 volts through him and killing him.

What to Do After an Oil Field Accident

Oil field accidents are extremely well-documented, but are often underreported. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that though fatal oil field injuries went down by 38 percent from 2014 to 2015, the oil industry is still one of the most dangerous to work in.

When a worker dies in an oil field accident, it can devastate his or her family. Oil work is lucrative, and many of these workers are the breadwinners in their families. That means that, should a worker die, not only does his or her family have to go through a terrible grieving process, they are often left with serious financial uncertainty.

Fortunately, if you have lost a loved one in an oil field accident, you have options. Contact an attorney who has experience dealing with workplace deaths and oil field injuries.


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