Men Killed in Mitchell County Oilfield Accident Identified
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.