An Oklahoma City oil rig worker was killed after he was pinned under a piece of equipment. According to a KOCO news report, officers say a hydraulic line broke at an oil rig site in the 3400 block of Southeast 59th. Several workers were at the site,but only one worker was under the pipe when it collapsed. Officers say the force was so strong that the worker was pinned underneath it. He died at the scene despite other workers’ efforts to resuscitate him. The Department of Health and Safety will conduct an investigation in order to determine if proper procedures were followed.
Injuries on oil rigs are extremely common. Oil rig workers take on long and rigorous shifts. Oil rig accidents may be caused by failing equipment, working mandatory overtime without rest, and being expected to follow unsafe procedures. Employers are expected to provide oil rig workers with a safe working environment. Workers should also be properly trained for the jobs they are required to perform. In addition, workers should be provided with safety equipment that is necessary to perform the job.
Oil rig workers are often able to receive compensation if their injuries are caused by an employer’s failure to follow proper procedures or due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Oklahoma City oil rig accident, please contact the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys in Oklahoma City at Maples Law Firm. We will review the circumstances of your accident and fight to ensure that you receive fair compensation for all your injuries, damages, and losses. Please contact us at (888) 226-6159 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.