All three companies were cited for failing to ensure that heat lamps in use were approved for hazardous locations, according to
The combined total for penalties issued to the three companies is $118,643 — the maximum allowed for violation of the
“These employers failed to properly control hazards involved in oil and gas extraction activities, and the result was tragic,” OSHA Oklahoma City Area Office Director
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and others impacted by the accident. We appreciate the important work
Attorneys filed lawsuits on behalf of the families or estates of the five killed workers —
District 18 District Judge
Patterson-UTI cleaned up its safety record years leading to the
Attorneys say Red Mountain was responsible for the well’s plan to drill a vertical depth around 7,700 feet and a horizontal length around 10,286 feet — while Patterson supplied the Patterson 219 rig and rig crews.
According to court documents, on the day of the explosion, the crew drilled to “approximately 13,500 feet when it was decided to remove or pull” the entire assembly of pipe, its bottom-hole assembly and the rock bit before Patterson removed the drill string from the well and removed the bit around
Authorities received calls around
Court documents state the five men were trapped in the doghouse — a building located atop the rig floor — during the explosion and fire. Autopsy results of the five remains state they were identified via dental records and the victims died “as a result of thermal burn injuries with smoke and soot inhalation,” according to reports signed by State Medical Examiner
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