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Two Oilfield Workers from Midland, Texas, are Electrocuted in a Mitchell County Oilfield

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Two men from Midland, Texas, died earlier this month after being electrocuted in the workplace. The fatal accident happened in a Mitchell County oilfield. Sheriff Patrick Toombs said the 24-year-old and the 35-year-old died just before noon as a result of an electric line and a cable coming into contact. He said the men were taking apart and moving a pump jack. A winch truck used in the process was backing up, and that’s when the catastrophic contact between the cable and electric line occurred.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed on the oilfield workers at the scene and in ambulances as they were en route to Mitchell County Hospital, to no avail. Both were pronounced dead at the hospital.

A third victim got an electric shock when he was checking on the two injured men, and he was transported by medical helicopter to the hospital. His condition began improving immediately, and he survived.

Electrocution is a threat in many work environments. As more and more electric-powered machinery becomes integral to all varieties of work sites, the potential for injuries and fatalities caused by electrocution increases. Safety precautions should be taken at every workplace, to avoid accidents involving electrocution. The following are tips for preventing electric shock accidents and injuries in the workplace:

Raise Awareness

To avoid electrocution accidents, both employers and employees need to be safety conscious and aware of the potential threat of electrical hazards in the workplace. Special care should be taken when working with electricity, and no one should get in a hurry when a specific threat related to electrical dangers exists.

See this continuing series for more tips on preventing electrocution in the workplace.

–Guest Contributor

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