Safety must remain on the forefront of everyone’s mind as there is no such thing as a normal day at a well site as danger lurks with every twist, pull and turn. Two incidents, one in North Dakota and one in Louisiana, will attest to that.
Authorities are continuing to investigate an oil rig explosion near Stanley, ND, on that seriously burned a worker last Tuesday morning.
Jeffery Kinkaid, 29, from Nephi, Utah, fell from the top of a tank after the explosion. Ninety percent of his body sustained burns.
Kinkaid ended up flown to Trinity Hospital in Minot, and then transferred to a burn unit at a hospital in Minnesota.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department and rig operator and owner Slawson Exploration Co. Inc., are investigating.
Meanwhile, five men suffered injuries Wednesday night in a well site accident in Frierson, LA.
The Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office said a well service was fracking a well site when there was a gas line explosion.
The line was over pressurized and blew up, said firefighter Chris Shadoin.
Of the three workers injured, one was hit with sand blast to his face and rescue wokers flew him to a Shreveport hospital. A pipe struck two others and ended up transported by ambulance to a Shreveport hospital. Fire officials say all three have life-threatening injuries.