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    Ohio-Oilfield Death Ruled Accidental After Autopsy

    An autopsy conducted at the Licking County Coroner’s Office has confirmed David M. Vernot, 52, suffered a fatal chest injury Tuesday morning when a 3,000-pound pipe rolled off a trailer at an oil and gas well site on Oxford Road and struck him where he stood next to the trailer. 

    Guernsey County Ohio Oilfield Accident Claims Life“The death has been ruled accidental,” said Guernsey County Coroner Dr. Sandra Schubert. “The cause of death was a crushing injury to his chest.” 

    The full autopsy report will not be available for several weeks. 

    The Pennsylvania resident was pronounced dead at Southeastern Med where he was transported by emergency medical personnel. First responders from the Old Washington and Quaker City volunteer fire departments, United Ambulance and Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene. 

    Emergency medical personnel joined forces to transport Vernot to the Cambridge hospital. 

    Guernsey County Sheriff Jeff Paden said an investigation revealed the pipe rolled from the trailer, but a forklift was not being used to unload the pipe at the time of the accident. The sheriff corrected his previous statement indicating a forklift was in use when the accident occurred at approximately 11:12 a.m. 


    Oil And Gas Boom In Permian Basin Boosts Local Charities

    With the recent oil and gas boom in the Permian Basin, charities are seeing an increase in donations from some of the oil companies that have come in, but the number of clients being served is also increasing as many workers can't afford rent and are looking for other help.

    United Way Helps in Permian BasinThe boom began in about mid-2017, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported. It led to a dramatic influx of workers into the area, increasing housing demands and causing housing costs to spike, according to Linda Dodd, executive director of the United Way of Carlsbad and South Eddy County.

    "We still have some families that are living in their vehicles," Dodd said. "We know the places in Carlsbad are too expensive."

    The United Way gathers donations and distributes them to other charities in the area, including local soup kitchens, clothing drives and shelters.

    It also helps connect those in need with the services.

    But there's no denying the impact oil and gas has had on local charities.

    Dodd said United Way's goal for this year was $650,000 in available funding, and it is already at 69 percent.

    In 2017, when the boom first struck, donations from oil and gas companies totaled around $72,000 by the end of the year.

    By November 2018, the industry provided $64,000.


    Iraqi Security Prevents Protesters From Storming Oilfield

    Iraqi security forces yesterday prevented dozens of demonstrators from storming the major oilfield of West Qurna 2 in the country’s southern province of Basra.

    Iraqi security forces deploy military equipment after taking control of Altun Kopru village of Kirkuk Iraq on 20 October 2017“Dozens of unemployed demonstrators attempted to storm the outer fence of the field [West Qurna 2] north of Basra,” Army Lieutenant Mohamed Khalaf told Anadolu Agency.

    Khalaf explained that the security forces in charge of protecting the oilfield “fired warning shots in the air to prevent the demonstrators from storming the facility.”

    “Security forces are authorised to deal firmly against any attempts to damage the oil installations,” he stressed.

    West Qurna 2 – managed by Russia’s Lukoil – produces 400,000 barrels of oil per day. Lukoil is yet to provide details on the impact the incident on the field’s production.


    Companies Settle With Paralyzed Oilfield Worker for $44M

    An oilfield worker who was rendered quadriplegic after a light fixture improperly attached to an oil derrick fell more than 100 feet onto his head has settled his claims against five companies for a total of $44 million.

    An oilfield worker who was rendered quadriplegic after a light fixture improperly attached to an oil derrick fell more than 100 feet onto his head has settled his claims against five companies for a total of 44 million.The multimillion-dollar award is meant to compensate the injured plaintiff, James Burgess, and his wife, Kay Sharon Burgess, who live in rural Texas. The case, which was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, came to a settlement after two days of mediation before retired federal magistrate Judge Diane Welsh.

    “Mrs. Burgess’s loss of consortium claim was probably the most significant consortium claim anyone in the case had ever encountered,” Sheridan & Murray attorney Thomas Sheridan, who represented the Burgesses, said. “Her husband is in a hospital over 90 miles away from her house. She drove to the hospital every day for the last six years to see her husband.”

    According to court papers, James Burgess was working on a drill rig owned and operated by Patterson Drilling Services in December 2012. A four-foot LED light designed by Dialight fell 103 feet onto Burgess’ head, causing a neck fracture that compressed his spinal cord and rendered him permanently quadriplegic.


    Texas-Man Killed When Cables Snapped At Denton County Drilling Site

    Officials found a 52-year-old man dead at a Denton County drilling site Wednesday morning, apparently killed when cables broke and struck him.

    Texas Man Killed in Oilfield AccidentLouis Earl Goodman was found dead at a gas well about 4 miles west of Ponder at 10:35 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

    Investigators from the Denton County Sheriff's Office believe Goodman's death was a tragic accident, according to a spokeswoman.

    Authorities believe cables at the site broke and struck Goodman sometime before Wednesday morning, Denton County Emergency Services Assistant Chief Roland Asebedo told the Denton Record-Chronicle.

    Goodman was from Bryson, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

    Source: Dallas News     


    Parents Of Man Killed In Oilfield H2S Accident Dismayed After Charge Dismissed

    The parents of a Wawota, Sask., man killed in an oilfield accident more than four years ago say they are “disappointed” by a provincial court judge’s decision to dismiss a workplace safety charge laid against his employer after his death.

    The courthouse in Estevan Sask.“It’s a real disappointment … It was just such a letdown,” Dianne Bunz said.

    “I was disappointed but not surprised — just put it that way,” Allan Bunz said.

    Michael Bunz died on May 22, 2014, near Kipling, Sask., while collecting samples from a facility owned by Harvest Energy Corp. A valve failed, releasing a “deadly, uncontrolled, high-pressure stream” of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas, according to court documents.

    The 38-year-old’s employer, Nalco Champion, was subsequently hit with three workplace safety charges. Two were withdrawn during the trial, and Estevan provincial court judge Lane Wiegers dismissed the last in a written decision handed down earlier this month.

    While a respirator may have saved Bunz’s life, the H2S release “was not reasonably expected” and there “was no better practical means than was used by Nalco to prevent an H2S exposure beyond the contamination limit,” Wiegers concluded.


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