Driller in Oklahoma blast has story of deadly accidents

January 25, 2018 - photo frame

  • FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018 record print supposing from a support squeeze by Tulsa's KOTV/NewsOn6.com, fires bake during an eastern Oklahoma drilling supply nearby Quinton, Okla. Five people workers were killed after a burning blast ripped by a drilling rig, promulgation plumes of black fume into a atmosphere and withdrawal a lift crumpled on a ground, puncture officials said. Federal annals uncover 10 workers have died over a past decade during good sites related Patterson-UTI, a same driller concerned in this week’s supply explosion. (Christina Goodvoice, KOTV/NewsOn6.com around AP) Photo: Christina Goodvoice, AP / KOTV/NewsOn6.com

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten workers have died over a past decade during good sites related to drilling executive Patterson-UTI, a same driller concerned in this week’s supply blast in Oklahoma that killed 5 workers, sovereign annals show.

An research of Occupational Safety and Health Administration information shows a prior accidents happened during drilling sites in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas.


The association also was fined scarcely $367,000 over a past 10 years for some-more than 140 reserve violations, many of them serious.

“Patterson-UTI has embraced a enlightenment of continual alleviation in safety, training and operations,” a association pronounced in a matter in response to questions about a reserve record. “In new years, we have invested millions of dollars on training and protecting apparatus and worked to teach a company-wide enlightenment where reserve is a tip priority of any employee.”


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A 2008 news from a U.S. Senate cabinet described Patterson-UTI as one of a nation’s misfortune violators of workplace reserve laws. The news clinging an whole territory to a association and 13 employees who died in Texas supply accidents over a scarcely four-year period.

A apart AP research published in 2008 showed during slightest 20 Patterson-UTI employees died on a pursuit between 2002 and 2007. No other oil and gas association had some-more than 5 deadly accidents during that span.

Federal and state investigators are operative to establish what led to Monday’s blast and ensuing fires during a healthy gas drilling site nearby Quinton, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa. An initial occurrence news indicates there was an rash recover of gas that held glow and that a workman during a stage attempted unsuccessfully to close down a well.

The bodies of a 5 workers were recovered a subsequent day in a rig’s “dog house,” a room on a supply building that generally serves as an bureau for a drilling crew, authorities said.

Monday’s blast and supply glow seem to be a deadliest oil and gas attention collision given 2010, when 11 workers were killed after an blast on BP’s Deepwater Horizon supply in a Gulf of Mexico that triggered a biggest offshore oil brief in U.S. history.

Frank Branson, a Dallas-based plaintiff’s profession who specializes in inauspicious workplace accidents, pronounced oil and gas operations are inherently dangerous and many companies are messy on safety, generally as appetite prices go higher.

“When a oil patch gets unequivocally bustling … it’s a time when a workers are many vulnerable,” Branson said. “Unless a association preaches reserve and requires it be conducted by their employees and management, there are going to be injuries and estimable deaths.”

Branson pronounced one of a problems that mostly leads to reserve lapses is a problem appetite companies have employing gifted workers during an uptick in appetite production.

“We’ve seen a lot of accidents start since somebody on a organisation had only assimilated a association and didn’t know ‘come here’ from ‘sic ’em,'” Branson said.

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