In this week's news, one man was killed and three others were injured when a fire broke out on a well site they were on, and another oilfield worker was crushed by a crane boom on another oilfield site in North Dakota
One worker has died and three others were injured following a fire at an oil well site near Watford City, North Dakota, over the weekend, according to OSHA.
OSHA says crews were working on a work-over rig when the well ignited June 18. The owner of the well, XTO Energy, described the incident as a “flash fire.”
Johnny Stassinos, 52, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, died from his injuries. Three other workers suffered serious burns and were in critical condition at an area hospital, according to the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department. Two of the workers suffered third-degree burns on more than 70 percent of their bodies and one suffered burns to his face.
The workers were employees of Most Wanted Well Service and SEI Well Service, XTO Energy said.
Michigan Man Crushed by Crane Boom on Oilfield Site
A 36-year-old employee of Advanced Energy was crushed by a crane boom near Ross, North Dakota, on June 20, according to OSHA’s Bismarck office.
The man, who was from Michigan, was part of a drilling crew that was taking pipe out of the ground to replace a survey tool that was 650 to 700 feet underground. The employee was struck and killed by the crane boom as it descended.
EOG Resources owns the well.