On Wednesday, January 29th, one contractor was killed and three others were critically injured in a major oil well blowout in Burleson County. The fire was first reported at 3:30 p.m., and oilfield emergency responders from Boots & Coots arrived at the scene shortly after the explosion, followed by firefighters from Caldwell Fire & Rescue.
The three contractors injured in the blast have been airlifted to hospitals in Houston and Austin to receive treatment for their life-threatening burn injuries. As of Thursday morning, crews have arrived to start capping the oil well, and public health officials have stated that the “blowout poses no danger to the public.” Investigators still have yet to determine what caused the explosion at the worksite, which is owned by Chesapeake Energy.
Oil rigs are notoriously dangerous for workers: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, at least 450,000 people were injured in the oil and gas extraction industry during 2011. Explosions and fires are among the most common sources of injury, and in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 23% of all fatalities in the oil and gas industry were caused by explosions.
At The Ammons Law Firm LLP, we extend our sincerest condolences to the families of the workers harmed in this incident. Our oil and gas injury attorneys will continue to stay updated as the investigation proceeds and provide legal support and resources as needed.
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