Deadly Oilfield Accident near Wayne, Oklahoma

by | Sep 23, 2023 | Industrial Accident, Oilfield Accidents, Wrongful Death

There was a deadly accident at an oilfield site near Wayne, Oklahoma on September 20, 2023.  According to reports, a worker was performing work inside an oil tank.  The victim and a co-worker were in the process of installing a gauge on the tank.   This required the victim to enter the tank, while his co-worker remained on the outside.  There was approximately 12-18 inches of oil product in the tank.  It is believed the worker inhaled fumes, before he was pulled out of the tank in an unresponsive state.  CPR was performed at the site, before he was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  The victim has been identified as Darrell Newton, an employee of  C&M Roustabout Company.  The oilfield is owned by Charter Oak Production.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this deadly incident.

Unfortunately, incidents like this one are becoming regular occurrences for workers.  There was a deadly accident at an oilfield site near Malaga, New Mexico on November 28, 2022.  There was an oil rig explosion in Bakersfield, California on December 2, 2022.  A worker fell into a pit at a Nabors Industries oilfield site near New Town, North Dakota on January 5, 2023.  There was an oilfield trucking crash in Rusk County, Texas on March 23, 2023.  A fire broke out at an oilfield site near New Town, North Dakota on April 8, 2023.

Oil and gas extraction is dangerous work.  Oil rigs can pose significant dangers both to workers and to the general public.  When dangerous work is involved, extra precautions must be taken, or workers can suffer the consequence.  According to the Center for Public Integrity, 1,566 oilfield workers were killed from 2008 through 2017.  Centers for Disease Control statistics indicate that the fatality rate for oil and gas workers is seven times higher than for workers in general in the United States.  The CDC indicates that transportation related incidents remain the highest cause of oilfield worker death.

Those touched by an accident in the oil field should know their legal rights and remedies, and act quickly to preserve them. Our attorneys have extensive experience in cases involving oilfield personal injury and wrongful death, including accidents in the oilfield. The firm has experience in courts across the country and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or as a result of an oilfield accident, or been seriously injured.

The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an oilfield accident.  Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.