Workers out in the field in the oil and gas industry understand the potential dangers of their jobs. The volatile liquids and gases they work with could ignite at any time. Two men recently suffered a fatal workplace injury at a gas well in Louisiana.
The two men were focused on a pressure test of the well. For some reason, the high pressure involved in the test caused a component of the well to break free. The two workers suffered fatal injuries to which they succumbed at the job site. A third person suffered injuries for which he was treated at a local hospital. The hospital released him the same day.
No further details concerning the cause of the accident were reported. An investigation is underway by investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with state and local officials. The victims were both from Texas, but the gas well they were working on is located in Lincoln Parish.
Apparently, Wildhorse Operations has no known history with OSHA in Louisiana. Of the nearly 50 wells that Wildhorse has received permission to drill, about half are near the production stage. It could be some time before any information is available regarding the details of the accident.
When a workplace injury occurs, determining its cause may prevent similar incidents in the future. In the meantime, the families of the two deceased men may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover the expense of burying their loved ones. It may also be possible for covered dependents to receive a compensation package for the loss of income. Moreover, the injured worker may also be entitled to benefits — at least to cover any medical attention necessary and time off from work as he struggles to recover.