Officials identify missing workers in Pittsburg County drilling rig explosion

24 January, 2018, 14:02 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Colorado man among 5 found in Oklahoma rig explosion

The sheriff added that it's been a hard 24 hours since the blast happened at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, with deputies and others tasked with the hard chore of notifying families of those lost. One person was treated on site for minor burns, reported the Associated Press.

Most fatal incidents involved workers from servicing companies, but drilling companies accounted for 27 fatalities, the second most of any oil and gas industry group, according to the study. Once the site cools off entirely, crews will be able to search the well site for the five who still remain missing.

The workers killed in the blast were identified as Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth; Cody Risk, of Wellington, Colorado; and Matt Smith, Parker Waldridge and Roger Cunningham, all of Oklahoma.

The accident on Monday occurred at a Red Mountain Energy well that was being drilled by contractor Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.

"The bodies were pretty much located where they were presumed to have been working in", Morris said.


"We want to learn from this", he said. "We're now providing support for the families and we're meeting with them to offer our deepest sympathies in this tragedy", said Andy Hendrick, President/CEO of Patterson UTI Energy.

Several people are missing after a fiery explosion ripped through the eastern Oklahoma drilling rig, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and leaving a derrick crumpled onto the ground, an emergency official said. The producer had no personnel on site at the time of the incident, said Kevin Say, who co-founded the company in 2013, and joined officials at the press conference on Tuesday.

Emergency officials said Monday they were letting the fire burn itself out and were fighting any flames that went beyond a perimeter they established. The derrick, a towering metal structure above the well, also collapsed.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration will ultimately be the lead agency investigating the cause of the incident because the incident was a workplace accident, Skinner said. The well is a natural gas and oil well. Emergency responders found 17 people who were working on the rig but five were still missing.

Enloe says firefighters are searching nearby wooded areas in case any of the missing people fled after the explosion.

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