Another Texas Oilfield Accident Injures Workers
Last Friday, two men were seriously injured in a Texas oilfield explosion. Both of the victims were working at the West Texas site as employees of Basic Energy Services, Inc. when the accident occurred.
The sheriff in the area laments that the two men suffered critical burns on their hands and faces, but the men are getting the medical treatment they need in a nearby Texas hospital. Both male victims are Texas locals and in their thirties. Other workers were also present during the potentially fatal incident, but they were not injured in the explosion.
The cause of the oilfield explosion has been linked to a gas leak from the equipment on site. Finding where exactly the leak is located is the current goal of the investigators. They so far claim that gas from the oilfield leaked into the air and was sucked into a running engine on the site, which resulted in the explosion that covered the two burn victims with fire.
Once the specific location of the leak is determined, whether negligence on the parts of the oilfield employees, equipment manufacturers and oilfield owner led to the leak will be the next point of investigation. According to sources, neither the victims' employer nor the owner of the site has commented on the Texas accident.
We will post any updates regarding the victims' injuries and the cause of the gas leak when they become available. If negligence is determined as a factor that led to the explosion, then the victims and their families could potentially file personal injury lawsuits against any liable parties.
The Houston Chronicle: Flames engulfed 2 men burned at Texas oil field (8/20/2010)