With jobs so hard to find for people just entering the workforce, the boom of opportunity that exists in the oil fields of Texas offers them a place to gain skills and make a good living. However, working with oil rigs are not without their risks and a workplace accident can be fatal. Still, the high risk of workplace injury does not deter many from seeking out a career in the oil industry. In addition to the often dangerous conditions, many oil fields are located miles from the nearest town, slowing down the response of emergency workers.
This was clearly the case for a 22-year-old expectant father when he was hit by a large pipe at a remote oil rig in Culberson County, near the Texas-New Mexico border. Confusion over jurisdiction delayed emergency response, and before medical help could get there, it appears that the man bled to death as co-workers tried to help. The county sheriff stated that in order to reach the location of the workplace accident, he had to drive 180 miles; it was unknown how long it took medical personnel to arrive.
The accident occurred when the pipe became jammed and then somehow, unjammed itself from its casing. It is unclear what caused the pipe to become stuck. No information was released regarding an investigation into the fatal accident.
One can only imagine the pain and anguish that the man's widow is going through as well as his family. If it is deemed that the accident was due to negligence on the part of the rig's owner, the family may be able to seek compensation in a court of law. While it cannot replace the man, it can help provide for his unborn child in the years to come.
Source: Carlsbad Current-Argus, "Carlsbad man dies in oil rig accident in Culberson County, Texas," Stella Davis, March 21, 2013