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Worker Killed in Martin Coutny Industrial Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A plant operator was killed on the job Sunday following an industrial accident at a West Texas Gas Compressor Station in Martin County.

OSHA Investigating Worker's Cause of Death

According ot the Odessa American, the worker, identified Tuesday as Johnny Plasentillo of Midland, was discovered collapsed by a gas line spewing natural gas shortly before 9 pm Sunday.

While Plasentillo’s death is not yet known, deputies did not minor abrasions on his face. Reports indicated that Plasentillo was responsible for visiting various compressor stations to record readings.

An autopsy for Plasentillo was still pending in Lubbock on Tuesday. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident.

Workplace Injury Statistics

  • According to OSHA, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job between 2003 and 2010.
  • OSHA estimates that the fatality rate in the oil and gas extraction industry is seven times greater than the rate for all U.S. industries.
  • Conditions that most commonly result in fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry include:


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