Oil field worker gets caught in drilling equipment

by on September 30, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

An oil field worker was killed when his leg became entangled in a ditch-digging machine. The accident occurred in a ranch outside Amarillo.

Rescue workers tried to save the man, but his leg was mangled and he most likely died of blood loss before rescuers could get to him. The name was not released, but the worker was an employee of a subcontractor called Redneck Services, LLC, and was contracted to Apache Corp. Apache, as well as state and federal officials, are investigating the fatality.

Tragedies such as this one are usually caused either by loose clothing or objects getting tangled in rotating parts, a guard being removed, or a worker losing balance, possibly because of uneven ground. The take-home for safety directors is to insist that subs are properly vetted, and that someone is keeping an eye on them and their equipment to make sure they are working safely and the equipment meets the safety standards agreed to in the initial contract.

You don’t have to control the work, of course, but you can make sure the sub is meeting the safety obligations already agreed-to.

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