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An Odessa, Texas Oilfield Worker is Critically Injured in a Well Site Blaze

Monday, August 17th, 2015
English: Oilfield operations at Cymric Oil Fie...

English: Oilfield operations at Cymric Oil Field, Kern County, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thirty-year-old Juan Renteria, an oilfield worker for Viva Energy Services in Odessa, Texas, is still in critical condition from injuries sustained as a result of a workplace explosion and flash fire last Tuesday. The well site where the oilfield accident occurred is off FM 2355, about 15 miles to the west of Pyote. Four people from Viva were at the site, but only one other oilfield worker with Viva besides Renteria was injured in the explosion and fire.  According to Bob Murray, president of Odessa-based Viva Energy, that worker was treated and released on the day of the accident. Employees from another company were also present at the well, and one of them also suffered injuries, Murray said. Renteria was flown by medical helicopter to a Lubbock hospital.

The Wickett Volunteer Fire Department was among the nearby fire departments that responded to the scene of the well site fire. The oilfield accident is being investigated, which has limited the amount of information currently made public. A representative with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was quick to arrive on the scene. Such visits are standard anytime there is a workplace fatality. OSHA will seek to determine whether or not the employer failed to meet safety requirements that are designed to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.

Murray has been president of Viva Energy for five years, and he says in that time no other fire-related accidents have occurred, nor has anyone else been injured as badly as Renteria.

Read this continuing series for information about OSHA requirements at oil well sites.

–Guest Contributor

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