Oil Rig Accident Leaves One Worker Dead
Details of the Johnston County Oil Rig Accident
According to KTEN, the accident occurred around 3 p.m. on Turkey Creek Road in Johnston County leaving one man dead.
The deceased was identified by KXII News as Ernesto Rodriquez, a 42-year-old employee of Mercer well service from Gainesville, Texas.
First responders to the scene reported that a blowout in the well caused a pipe to shoot out of the hole and hit the worker standing above it, resulting in his death.
The work crew was doing a “work over completion operation” when the accident occurred.
The accident is still under investigation.
Oil Operation Fatality Statistics
The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- From 2003 to 2010, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry had a collective fatality rate 7 times higher than for all U.S. workers.
- From 2003 to 2010, there were a total of 128 fatalities in activities related to offshore oil and gas operations.
- Transportation events were the leading cause of fatalities followed by contact with object or equipment, fires and explosions, and also exposure to harmful substances and environments.