The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that while oil and gas extrication is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States today, the nature of the job also makes it one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Over a three-year period, 404 oil and gas workers died in occupational accidents, and the number continues to grow.
Take, for instance, the case of an Oklahoma City oil rig worker who died in an accident Monday night. Reports from KOCO News indicate that the incident occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Southeast 59th Street.
Officers who responded to the scene say that the worker was standing underneath the rig’s hydraulic line when it broke and a large piece of pipe came free. It fell on top of him and the worker was pinned beneath the pipe. Luckily, several co-workers witnessed the accident and were able to lift the hunk of metal and free the man. The victim’s heart had stopped, and although a co-worker attempted in vain to revive the man, a medical examiner declared him dead at the scene.
The Department of Health and Safety says it will continue to investigate the accident to determine its cause.
The Oklahoma Wrongful Death Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to send their thoughts and condolences to the family of the man who was tragically killed in this horrible accident.
A 24-year-old worker at the Remington Park horse race track in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was killed Sunday night in a tragic pre-race accident. According to reports from KOCO News, the man had been employed as a member of the maintenance department at the facility for just over a year.
Scott Wells, president and general manager of Remington Park, stated that the worker was approximately 300 yards from the starting gate when one of the horses in the upcoming race, Jimi Jive, crashed through the starting gate and sprinted for another gate at a track exit that led back to the barn area.
The victim attempted to prevent the horse from escaping the track by holding the gate shut, but the horse crashed through and crushed the worker against the gate. The injured employee was taken to Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center for treatment, but died just several hours after his arrival due to internal injuries he suffered in the accident.
Wells added that Global Gaming Solutions, the parent company of Remington Park, intends to establish an education fund for the victim’s nine-year-old daughter and will also provide insurance provisions for the family
The Oklahoma City Wrongful Death Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers understand how difficult this sudden loss must be and would like to send out their deepest sympathies to the family of the young worker who tragically died as a result of this terrible accident.
A 54-year-old truck driver was killed after being involved in an accident with another tractor-trailer and a car on I-35 in Oklahoma City last Friday. According to News Channel 4, the accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway, near the on ramp from NE 122nd Street.
Spokeswoman for the Oklahoma highway patrol, Trooper Betsy Randolph, said that a tractor-trailer was attempting to come onto the highway when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The driver who was hit and killed was in the northbound lanes of the highway and tried to avoid colliding with the out-of-control truck, but couldn’t. Debris from the collision flew back on the highway, causing another car to wreck as well.
Accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers can be very complicated due to the numerous laws that regulate the trucking industry. Drivers have strict limits on every aspect of how they do their job, and failure to maintain standards could be grounds for a case of fault if involved in an accident similar to the one described above.
That is why the Oklahoma truck accident attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who has been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer to contact a lawyer immediately. They will be able to help you better understand your rights and what information should be examined to ensure the truck driver was in full compliance with the law.