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.
Michael S Callahan is an attorney and founder of The Callahan Law Firm. He focuses his practice on representing individuals and families in personal injury cases involving motor vehicle and truck accidents, workplace accidents and defective products. With over 25 years of experience, he is dedicated to fighting on behalf of people whose lives have been forever altered by the negligence and carelessness of corporations and individuals. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Michael has been practicing law and fighting for justice for those who need it most since 1994. He is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of various esteemed legal associations. Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending quality time with his family, outdoor activities, and continually striving to improve as a trial lawyer and human being.