An oil field worker from Odessa is hospitalized after a Ward County well fire on Tuesday, August 11. The County Sheriff stated that he responded to reports of the fire at approximately 2:30 p.m. A number of local volunteer fire departments also responded to the blaze, according to FireHouse.com.
Possible Flash Fire
According to the Ward County Sheriff, the well site is approximately 15 miles west of Pyote, off of FM 2355. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, although investigators with the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration were looking at why this oil field accident happened. The owner of the company that employed the most severely injured worker believed that a flash fire occurred.
Worker Critically Injured
Emergency personnel airlifted the injured worker, described as being in his 30s, to a Lubbock hospital. According to the hospital, he is in critical condition. The hospitalized worker was one of four employees of an Odessa-based company that were at the well site when the fire occurred.
Although the investigation into this oil field accident is ongoing, various provisions of Texas workers’ compensation law apply to injured oil field workers. In some cases, the state’s personal injury laws may also apply.
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