Oilfield Worker Impaled by Pipe in Wichita County, Texas

by | Nov 18, 2023 | Oilfield Accidents, Personal Injury

There was an accident at an oilfield in Wichita County, Texas on November 16, 2023.  According to reports, a worker was impaled when a pipe fell from about 30 feet up on the rig.  The pipe impaled the victim, going through his shoulder and out near his hip.  The pipe went multiple feet into the ground do to the force it had.  Amazingly, the worker was not killed in the incident.  He has been identified as Felipe Carrillo, and was transported to a local hospital for emergency surgery.

Unfortunately, incidents like this one are becoming regular occurrences for workers.  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.  A worker died from inhalation of fumes in a tank at a site near Wayne, Oklahoma on September 20, 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 to learn more about your legal rights.