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OSHA Fines West Texas Company for Fatal Accident

Olivia Finger1 year ago

Federal safety regulators have cited Mason Well Service in connection with the deaths of three workers who were killed in an oil field rig explosion in March.

About the Mason Well Service Incident:

According to The Eagle, over $50,000 in fines have been proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against the West Texas well service company.

Mason Well Service of Odessa was cited for five critical workplace violations and one repeated violation in connection with the fatal accident that occurred as workers installed a blowout preventer.

Arturo Martinez Sr., Arturo Martinez Jr., and Rogelio Salgado were victims of this preventable catastrophe.

OSHA reports that Mason Well Service failed to prevent contact between an ignition source and liquids and gases that were flammable. The company also failed to ensure workers wore work place acceptable articles such as personal hydrogen sulfide monitors and flame-retardant clothing.

The Mason Well Service Company has 15 business days to comply or contest the findings.

Workplace Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,585 workers were killed in on the job accidents in 2013 – this averages to more than 12 deaths every day.
  • 4,101 of those fatalities were recorded in private industry and 828 were associated with construction.
  • Among the leading causes of workplace deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

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