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Men Killed in Mitchell County Oilfield Accident Identified

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Mary Wolff3 years ago

According to KTXS 12, the Mitchell County Sheriff's Department has released the names of the two men who lost their lives in an accident removing a pump jack. The name of a third man, who suffered injuries, was also released.  

About the Mitchell County Oilfield Accident

Laban Michael Robokoff, 24, and Harvey Ray McKinney, 35, both died after a cable from the winch truck came in contact with a power line and electrocuted them.

Harvey's brother, 32-year-old Steven Ray McKinney, suffered injuries in the incident and was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock. Reports indicate that McKinney’s condition is improving and doctors hope to release him soon.

The three men worked for Midland-based Rayco Pumping Unit Service. The accident occurred eight miles northwest of Westbrook.

OSHA will be investigating the accident further to ensure all safety measures were properly followed.

Oil Extraction: A Dangerous Job

Information provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • In 2012, there were 181 deaths in the oil and gas extraction industry.
  • In the same year, there were 2,272 injuries.
  • The fatal injury rate average for all occupations is 3.4. However, the oil and gas extraction field has a fatal injury rate of 25.1.  Workers in this field are also at a much higher risk of job related death.


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