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Name of Man Killed in Oil Rig Accident Released

Lilibeth Ramirez2 years ago

Authorities have released the name of a man involved in a fatal work-related accident on Wednesday.

About the Oil Rig Accident

42-year-old Ernesto Rodriquez of Gainesville was involved in an oil rig accident at XTO in Mannsville, Oklahoma reports KTEN 10.

Rodriquez was employed by Mercer Well Service and was taking part in a “work over completion operation,” says Guy Haykus, XTO production superintendent, when the accident occurred around 3 p.m.

According to the Johnston County Sheriff’s office, Rodriquez was killed when a blowout in a well caused a pipe to shoot out and hit Rodriquez in the head. Firefighters were called to the scene; however, Rodriquez was already dead by the time of their arrival.

Haykus stated in regards to the situation, “We send our deepest sympathies to the family, we are currently investigating the incident and working with all local agencies”.

Information on Work-Related Accidents

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

  • 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013 averaging out to 85 deaths every week.
  • Of the deaths in 2013, 797 were identified as Hispanic or Latino.
  • America’s work-related fatalities have decreased over the years from 38 deaths a day in 1970 to 12 a day in 2013.
  • Occupational injuries and illnesses are also down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.4 per 100 in 2011.


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