An oil storage tank belonging to Newfield Production exploded last week, killing one man and injuring another. The 400 gallon tank was undergoing routine maintenance when the fatal workplace explosion. A 28-year-old contract welder from Boren Construction was killed in the blast.
Seventy-one more people were killed on South Texas roadways in 2012 than in 2011. The majority of those who were involved in a fatal accident were men driving between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m., presumably traveling to or from work.
After more than five days of searching, rescuers in the Gulf of Mexico have stopped looking for the second victim of a deadly oil rig explosion at a Black Elk Energy facility. The explosion happened early Friday morning while workers were performing maintenance tasks on one of the facility's pipes.
Across the nation, fatal accidents in the workplace are on the decline, but that pattern has not carried over in the state of Texas. A recent article in the Dallas News noted that workplace deaths remain "stubbornly high in Texas."
While the oil boom in Texas on Eagle Ford Shale and Barnet Shale is most welcome from an economic standpoint, the boom, unfortunately, has its drawbacks.