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Drilling Operator Killed in Oklahoma Well Site Accident

A worker with independent energy exploration company, Sundance Energy Australia, was killed in an on-the-job accident during the drilling of a horizontal well at the company’s operations in Logan County, Oklahoma. According to Logan County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Richard Stevens, 51-year-old Rod Dotson of Oklahoma was struck in the head when the counterweight rig block fell from the top of the crane, while workers were drilling the Leo Rother 16-4-11-1HW horizontal Woodford test well in Logan County. If you have suffered injuries in a workplace accident in Oklahoma, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal on-the-job accident, contact our reputable attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center as soon as possible. Our lawyers are experienced in handling workers’ compensation cases in the state of Oklahoma, and can help you and your family pursue the financial compensation you deserve.

Investigation Launched into Cause of Deadly Work Accident

According to Stevens, Rod Dotson, a drilling operator, had just begun his shift when the fatal accident occurred, and was standing on the drill deck when he was struck and killed. “He was in the area he was supposed to be,” he reported. Stevens also noted that Dotson was not struck by the rig block itself, but by a piece of the apparatus that was designed to hold the block in place. Dotson was an employee of Lamont, Oklahoma-based Dan D Drilling, which was contracted by Sundance to complete the drilling of the horizontal well in Logan County, Oklahoma. For its part, Sundance has indicated that operations at the well site have been suspended while the company, its advisors and its insurers, in coordination with local and federal regulatory officials complete a full investigation into the cause of the fatal workplace accident. “The company extends its deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased and all of those affected by this tragic incident,” Sundance said in a statement.

Our Reputable Attorneys Can Help

In the United States, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency charged with establishing and enforcing workplace measures designed to protect the health and safety of workers in various industries across the country. Drilling is a particularly hazardous profession, as is construction, but there are steps that employers and supervisors in these dangerous industries can take to reduce the risk of devastating injury and tragic loss of life caused by preventable on-the-job accidents. If you have been injured in a serious workplace accident anywhere in the state of Oklahoma, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center to explore your compensation options today.

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