Texas Worker Killed in Fracking Accident
A man from Victoria, Texas was killed on Saturday after being struck by a piece of equipment at a fracking site in Belmont County.
About the Fatal Fracking Accident
The accident occurred at the Rice Energy Big Foot Pad located of off Ohio 149 in Smith Township. It is unknown whether Zamora was an employee of Rice Energy or a subcontractor.
Emergency personnel and deputies from the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene around 3:00 pm on Saturday. The Belmont County Coroner was called shortly after.
This marks the first natural gas industry fatality in Belmont County.
Oil and Gas Extraction Injury Statistics
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 25 workers were killed in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2012 – up from 13 in 2011.
- Further, roughly 3 at of every 200 workers suffered injury or illness while on the job.
- Common causes of injury include:
- Transportation incidents
- Contact with object and equipment
- Fires and explosions