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Construction Worker, 62, Dies in Oilfield Accident


construction worker in protective gear standing in a trench

According to KCBD, a construction worker sustained fatal injuries on the job at an oilfield in Lamesa, Texas, on Sunday.

About the Oilfield Accident

Danny Smith, 62, had been a worker at Britt Trucking & Construction Company for more than 40 years. The reputable and loyal employee started his day off like any other when the unthinkable happened. Smith was on top of a platform outside of Seminole when he slipped on some oil and fell nearly 25 feet to the ground below.

The worker sustained life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized. One of his coworkers said Smith had not suffered from even a twisted ankle while on the job for more than four decades. Smith would succumb to his injuries a few days later on Sunday night.

The oilfield accident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information regarding fatal workplace accidents is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • A total of 4,836 people sustained fatal workplace injuries in 2015.
    • This number was the highest total since 2008, when 5,214 people died on the job.
  • 937 workers in the private construction industry suffered fatal work injuries in 2015.
  • 800 people sustained fatal workplace injuries in 2015 due to a fall, slip, or trip.
  • Fatal injuries in the construction and extraction industries rose two percent in 2015.

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