1 Dead, 2 Injured in CO Fracking Incident
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a well-stimulating process in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into the ground to fracture shale rock in order to extract its natural gas.
About the Fatal Fracking Incident
A high-pressure pipeline burst during three frackers’ attempt to unfreeze it at an oil site in Mead, Colorado. Temperatures had dropped from zero to negative five degrees in the area. One of the men was killed instantly by the impact of the high-pressure water stream. The man remains unnamed.
48 year-old Thomas Sedlmayr and 28 year-old Grant Casey were both injured at the scene and flown to the nearest hospital for immediate care.
The men involved were employees of Halliburton CO., contracted by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to take care of hydraulic fracturing needed at the gas and oil site. This is the first fatality due to fracking that has occurred at the Anadarko site.
Occupational Health and Safety Administration sent three inspectors to investigate the cause of the rupture.
Fatal Occupational Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor reports:
- About 823 oil and gas extraction employees were killed while working over the course of seven years.
- The fatality rate of the oil and gas extraction industry is seven times higher than the rate for U.S. citizen outside of said industry.
- 4,628 fatal work injuries occurred in 2012.
- In 2012, 3.4 individuals experienced fatal work injuries for every 100,000 workers.