An oil field accident in Goliad County, Texas, has taken the life of a 40-year-old Livingston worker. The Goliad County Sheriff’s Office reported that it dispatched officers and paramedics to an oil drilling location on Dobskyville Road at approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, February 9. The rig was reportedly operated by Progenies Energy and Excel Energy Production.
First responders arrived to find the worker laying at the base of the oil rig. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Workers Hear Hard Hat Striking the Ground
Fellow workers stated that the man had been working close to the top of the 50-foot oil rig. He reportedly slipped, but his safety harness prevented him from falling all the way to the ground. Although no one actually saw the worker slip and fall, a preliminary investigation suggested that the worker became unconscious when he hit the structure of the rig during the fall.
Workers reportedly first noticed something was wrong when they heard a hard hat hit the ground. They looked up to see their fellow worker dangling in the air. One worker lowered the man to the ground before paramedics arrived.
Head Injury Noted
A spokesperson for the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office stated that the deceased had a visible head injury. However, an autopsy determined that the head injury did not cause the death. The investigation remains ongoing as further tests occur regarding the cause of death.
The state’s workers’ compensation laws address workplace fatalities. In some cases, wrongful death statutes may also come into play. When workplace injuries and fatalities occur, we fight hard for our clients. To speak with an oil field accident attorney about an incident that involves you or a family member, please contact us.