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Oilfield Accident Claims Texas Man's Life


March 23, 2017

Source: Alvin Sun

An El Campo man was killed after a multi-ton snatch block hit him while he worked in an oil field north of Alvin.


Texas man killed in oilfield accidentThe Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19000 block of Highway 35 in Brazoria County in reference to an industrial accident at the Denbury Resources Oil Field that resulted in the death of a Pryor Packers Inc. employee. 

Lt. Varon Snelgrove, public information officer with the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office, said the employee has been identified as Antonio “Tony” Perez, 43, of El Campo. 

The investigation has revealed that Perez was working as a well service technician for Pryor Packers Inc., based out of Laurel, Miss. 

He was performing well service on a service rig when a snatch block weighing between 2,500 and 3,000 pounds fell to the floor of the rig, striking and killing Perez.

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A snatch block is essentially a pulling block assembly which is used specifically to increase the load pulling capacity of a winch, according to a rigging company's website.

Judge Mike Merkel performed the inquest and pronounced the victim dead at the scene and sent the victim to the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy. 

The cause of the snatch block to free fall to the rig floor is not initially known and is still under investigation.

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