Workers in the oil and gas industry in California and other states frequently put their lives on the line. Fatal workplace accidents continue to happen at oil wells despite the strict safety regulations with which employers must comply. Such an incident claimed the life of an employee in another state on a recent Monday afternoon.
Information issued by the office of the county sheriff indicated that an explosion was reported shortly before 3 p.m. at an oil field where fracking was underway. Apparently, a fitting that held a metal pipe failed, allowing the pipe to detach just when the pressure reached 2,400 pounds. The pipe struck the chest of one worker while another worker was injured by flying debris.
Authorities say both the injured workers were rushed to the hospital. The man who was struck by the pipe did not survive the accident, and his death was pronounced at the hospital. The severity of the other worker's injuries was reported to be non-life threatening. Government authorities are investigating the incident, but the sheriff's office said that there was no prior indication that the fitting would malfunction.
Families in California who have to deal with the deaths of loved ones after fatal workplace accidents may find comfort in the fact that they may be entitled to claim death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance program. An experienced workers' compensation attorney may assist with the filing of benefits claims. These typically include coverage of the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements along with a financial package to cover lost wages.
Source: koco.com, "1 dead, another injured after incident at Devon Energy oil field in Blaine County", Nov. 28, 2017