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Victim of Cotulla Drilling Fire Dies

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

One of the men injured last month in a South Texas drilling rig fire has died from his injuries.

About the Drilling Rig Fire

KWTX reports 50-year-old Roel Rodriguez was among five workers injured last month when a drilling rig burst into falmes.

The men were working at a site about 20 miles east of Cotulla on October 24 when the fire began. Rodriguez suffered serious burn injuries and was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment – he died Saturday.

The conditions of the other workers involved were not immediately available.

Oil and Gas Injury Statistics

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

  • 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job between 2003 and 2010.
  • The fatality rate for the oil and gas extraction injury is seven times greater than all other U.S. industries.
  • The most common causes of oil and gas extraction fatalities are:
    • Vehicle accidents
    • Struck by object
    • Caught in/between
    • Explosions and fires
    • Falls
    • Confined spaces
    • Chemical exposure


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