Man Dead in West-Texas Oilfield Accident

Authorities are investigating the death of a West Texas oilfield worker who was killed on the floor of a drilling rig on Sunday, April 20 in Upton County. Early reports claim that the accident was equipment related and occurred around 9:30 p.m. on an Apache Corporation lease about 25 miles north of Rankin, Texas. The Upton County Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the man who was killed, but Upton County Chief Deputy Jason Hazlewood has confirmed that no one else was hurt in the accident. The incident is indicative of a recent increase oilfield accidents. According to a 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the oil and gas extraction field has a fatal death rate of 24.2 per 10,000 workers, which is nearly eight times higher than average. The Callahan Law Firm provides legal representation to those injured on the job, including oilfield-related accidents. If you have suffered a serious injury working in the oil and gas industry, contact our firm now to discuss your legal options.