An oil field accident in Woods County, Oklahoma, on Thursday, July 23, involved two Texas men, according to the Enid News.
Dispatchers responded to a call received at 11:17 a.m. regarding an incident on Comanche Road near County Road 470. The incident report from the Woods County Sheriff’s Department states that a number of workers were fishing for a pipe when an extended derrick truck fell over.
One Killed, One Injured
One of the workers from Texas died in the accident. Emergency personnel airlifted another Texas man to Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Medical personnel said that he was in serious condition.
Midstates Petroleum Co. reportedly owns the site. It then hires contractors to operate the rig, as it does not own any of its own rigs, according to a company spokesman. The incident report names Basic Energy Services as an independent consultant on the project.
Although the investigation into this fatal workplace accident is ongoing, victims of such accidents are typically covered by provisions of workers compensation law. In some cases, personal injury law may apply as well. Survivors of workers killed often qualify for compensation. Injured victims are often compensated for certain losses as well.
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