Worker Critically Injured in Oil Field Explosion
An oil field worker was critically injured in Roberston County on July 9 after a set of oil tanks exploded.
About the Robertson County Oil Field Explosion
According to KBTX, an explosion occurred in Robertson County on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 9, just east of Franklin off Highway 79. The explosion occurred after oil tanks caught fire near New Baden on Rabe Cutoff.
One worker, 25, was taken to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital by air flight. The victim was listed in critical condition at the hospital as of Thursday, July 10.
It is reported that an oil well was being capped under the operation of Finaly Resources when the explosion occurred. The Robertson County Sheriff’s Investigator, Steve Misterek, states that the 25-year-old man was the only one present when the fiery explosion occurred.
The incident is believed to have been an industrial accident, but the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and ATF Agents are still investigating the incident.
On the Job Injury Accident Statistics
- According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012. This averages to 89 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
- 4,175 of those fatalities were recorded in the private industry.
- Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly 2.8 million injuries were reported in the private industry in 2012.