An accident at the site of an oil well in Goliad County, Texas, killed a worker on December 11. A sergeant for the Goliad County Sheriff’s office stated that the victim was a 46-year-old man from Rosharon, Texas.
Fellow workers reportedly discovered the deceased co-worker at about 5:30 p.m. at RBC Energy Services on Farm-to-Market Road. Although there were no eye witnesses to the accident, scene reconstruction yielded the story of a specific scenario. Investigators believe that the worker was using a sizable pry bar to remove pipe from a pump unit. Investigators believe that the worker died instantly when the bar suddenly released and hit him in the head. Fellow workers reportedly went looking for him a matter of minutes after he did not re-appear.
A justice of the peace ordered an autopsy at Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart, Texas. Notification went to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to the justice of the peace. OSHA routinely conducts investigations following all workplace fatalities. According to the Gonzales Cannon, the victim was a Mexican National working in this country with a valid work permit.
Although this accident is still under investigation, the state’s workmen’s compensation laws usually apply when oil field accidents occur. In some cases, negligent conduct linked to a fatality becomes grounds for wrongful death lawsuits as well. Given the potential complexity of oil field accidents, attorneys that focus on relevant areas of the law are in a position to assist in some cases. A family survivor of a worker fatally injured in an oil field accident can look into the type of civil litigation that is appropriate.
In certain wrongful death cases, survivors seek compensation for burial expenses, pain, suffering and loss of companionship. When your family suffers the impact of an oil field accident, an oil field accident attorney can review case details with you. At our firm, we offer an initial consultation at no charge. For more information, please contact us.