Oil and gas extraction is one of the most dangerous industrial occupations in America, with a recorded fatality rate nearly five times higher than all other industries combined, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS has also recently estimated that at least 1,566 oil and gas workers died between 2008 and 2017 alone. On January 11th, 2020, yet another oil field worker was killed as a result of dangerous working conditions, after suffering severe burn injuries in a Jones County oil field explosion.
According to reports from the Jones County Sherriff’s Office, 50-year-old oil field worker Jorge Martinez was power washing a heater unit on an oil tank battery in Noodle, Texas. While Mr. Martinez was washing the heater, it exploded and threw him backward onto a nearby vehicle, where he sustained multiple lacerations in addition to burn injuries that covered over 60% of his body. Mr. Martinez passed away soon after he was airlifted to Lubbock from Hendrick Medical Center.
It’s still unclear exactly what caused the explosion, although reports do indicate that the oil tank battery was scheduled to undergo repairs for a leak. The owner and operator of the tank battery is an Abilene-based oil and drilling company called the Sojourner Drilling Corporation, but the company has not commented on the death of Mr. Martinez.
Fighting on Behalf of Injured Oil Field Workers
At The Ammons Law Firm, our hearts go out to the Martinez family in the wake of their tragic loss. While oil field workers do face higher risks of injury and death on the job, oil and gas companies still have a significant responsibility to mitigate these risks – and prevent deadly explosions like the one in Jones County.
As oil and gas injury attorneys serving Texas residents, our legal team can apply over 100 years of combined experience to help you file an oil field or drilling accident claim. If you or your loved ones have endured a similar incident, our team will support you in the fight for fair compensation and justice.
Call (281) 801-5617 today to receive a complimentary case evaluation from our attorneys.